City of Phoenix Adopts Sexual Harassment Policy for Elected OfficialsCity of Phoenix Adopts Sexual Harassment Policy for Elected Officials<div class="ExternalClass53DCC7B9FCE24184A876045C226E8D15"><p>​Today the Phoenix City Council unanimously adopted a sexual harassment policy for elected officials.  For the first time in city history, the voters will have the opportunity to allow the Phoenix City Council to remove members for bad behavior. </p><p>"City employees can be fired for committing harassment, and this policy will lead to the same standard for elected officials.  Sexual harassment scandals of elected officials have recently engulfed all levels of government across our country, particularly here in Arizona. Upon seeing there was no policy addressing the misconduct and sexual harassment by elected officials at the City of Phoenix, I knew this needed to change," said Councilwoman Kate Gallego. Gallego added, "this is an issue of national importance.  Phoenix is setting an example that sexual harassment by elected officials will not be tolerated.  We will now ask the voters to approve removing councilmembers for ethical violations." </p><p>The policy was adopted by a unanimous vote of the council. Features of the policy include confidentiality and retaliation protections, outside independent investigations of complaints, and empowerment of the council by a supermajority vote to impose censure, fines, and removal from office for violations of the policy.<br></p><p>"This important policy has been long overdue," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "I'm glad we've taken action to keep everyone accountable, including elected officials, because there is no place for harassment or discrimination of any kind in Phoenix."<br></p><p>Councilwoman Kate Gallego spearheaded with the policy with support from Councilman Jim Waring, the Phoenix Women's Commission, and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.  It goes into effect in 30 days except the provision pertaining to expelling elected officials. The ability for council to remove councilmembers from office under this policy must be referred to the ballot at the next city election since it requires a change to the Phoenix City Charter.<br></p><p><br></p></div>2/28/2018 12:00:00 AMNick Valenzuela 602-495-5405