​Ethics

The City Council recently updated the Ethics ordinance, which applies to Elected Officials, Board and Commission Members, City of Phoenix Employees, and Volunteers.
 

Why Ethics Matter

Public trust in the City is built on the conduct of elected officials, employees, board members, and volunteers. Only when residents have confidence that their City elected officials, employees, board members, and volunteers will act fairly and honestly can democratic government function properly. Therefore, it is imperative that all in public service perform their duties at the highest standards of personal integrity, fairness, and honesty, and never use their City position for improper personal gain.

​Elected Officials

Elected OfficialsGenerally, a gift in any amount received by an elected official that creates the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is prohibited. A gift to an elected official that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest with a fair market value of $50 or less is permissible, and disclosure is not required. A gift to an elected official that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest with a fair market value greater than $50 is permissible if the gift is disclosed. If receipt of a gift by an elected official does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest, but the fair market value of the gift is unknown, the gift should be disclosed by the elected official with the fair market value listed as "unknown".

Regulations

Forms

 

Board and Commission Members

Committees

Generally, a gift in any amount received by a board member that creates the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is prohibited. Otherwise, a gift to a board member that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is permissible, and the board member is not required to file a disclosure form.

Forms

 

City of Phoenix Employees

Phoenix Employees

Generally, a gift in any amount received by an employee that creates the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is prohibited. A gift to an employee that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest with a fair market value of $50 or less is permissible, and disclosure is not required. A gift to an employee that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest with a fair market value greater than $50 is permissible if the gift is disclosed. If receipt of a gift by an employee does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest, but the fair market value of the gift is unknown, the gift should be disclosed by the employee with the fair market value listed as "unknown".

Regulations

Forms

 

Volunteers

Volunteers

Generally, a gift in any amount received by a volunteer that creates the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is prohibited. Otherwise, a gift to a volunteer that does not create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest is permissible, and the volunteer is not required to file a disclosure form. 

Forms

 

Ethics Commission

The Ethics Commission is authorized to receive allegations of ethical violations, investigate, take testimony, and engage in any other action to the extent permitted and established by law to oversee the investigation and enforcement of the gift policy and conflicts of interest pursuant to Phoenix City Charter Chapter XI, Sec. 1 (Title 38, Article 8, Arizona Revised Statutes) related to elected officials and board and commission members.  The City currently is reviewing applications for the Ethics Commission members and the City Council will be voting on the Ethics Commission members in the Fall.  The Ethics Commission will begin its formal work on Jan. 1, 2018. For more information, please see the Ethics Commission home page.  



Waiver for Special Occasion

If a board member elected official, employee, or volunteer believes the acceptance of a gift in connection with a special occasion, such as a graduation or wedding, may create the appearance of undue influence or a conflict of interest, before the s/he accepts any such gift, s/he may request a special occasion waiver. To obtain this waiver, s/he must submit a special occasion waiver request form to the City Clerk for review and approval by the City of Phoenix Ethics Commission. Waiver for Special Occasion (PDF)
 

Production notes (will be hidden)

*change council pic to empty chamber XXX

*Xavier's note: "The unions have until COB on the 5th to provide comment on the Gift AR, so it would be disingenuous to post a final version of that AR before then."

*The order of the items for Employees is listed per Dan Brown.  XXX

*still need for posting
intro text
Gift Disclosure Form (PDF)
Waiver for Special Occasion (PDF)

*Dan's comment: "I checked the City Code today, however, and it did not appear that Code Publishing had updated Section 2-52 and 2-53 (please confirm) even though they stated the code is current through April 17, 2017." Who/how do we check with Code Publishing site, who is the? In the meantime i am linking to the non-accessible version of a PDF that Dan sent. We need an accessible version of this PDF and/or that website to update their code. XXX  Pam said is calling to update this item.

*There is no way to link directly to the subsection on the state's website with the relevant info, so the link goes to the page, users will have to scroll down to get to the 11 relevant subsections XXX

*Tim McBride will contact Mayor's office to change the info on the Ethics Committee Home page. Doug Mings is working on that change request

*on go live: P.gov home page column 2, change link for City Services Card to Ethics, linking to this page

Pam said don't LINK to the AR.

 *the final forms should also be added to inside PHX Forms list, pointing to the forms (which will probably be in City Clerk Documents folder) 

*NO DO NOT ADD THIS add to button to this page on inside PHX sending user to This Ethics page
http://insidephx/depts/clerk/gift-disclosure

*submitted to ITs additional requirements for display list: if date = after 366 days from date of upload delete Gift Disclosure PDF from website (which will remove it from the display list). INFORM ITS about this change this REMVOED XXX