City Council Value-Based Code of Conduct

Preamble

The proper operation of democratic government requires that decision-makers be independent, impartial and accountable to the people they serve. The purpose of this Code of Values is to promote and maintain the highest standards of personal and professional conduct in the Town’s government. Because we seek public confidence in the Town’s services and public trust of its decision-makers, the City Council adopts and pledges to follow this Value-Based Code of Conduct:

Fairness

As a representative of the Town of Colma, I am fair and impartial.

In practice:

  • I support the public’s right to know and promote meaningful public involvement.
  • I treat all persons, claims and transactions in a fair and equitable manner.
  • I make decisions based on the merits of the issue.

Honesty and Integrity

As a representative of the Town of Colma, I act with honesty and integrity.

In practice:

  • I am prepared to make unpopular decisions when my sense of the public’s best interest requires it.
  • I take responsibility for my actions, even when it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • I give credit to others for their contributions to moving our community’s interests forward.

Responsibility

As a representative of the Town of Colma, I act in a responsible manner.

In practice:

  • I do not use public resources, such as agency staff time, equipment, supplies or facilities, for private gain or personal purposes.
  • I make decisions after prudent consideration of their financial impact, taking into account the long-term financial needs of the agency, especially its financial stability.
  • I come to meetings prepared.

Vision

As a representative of the Town of Colma, I look to the future when making decisions.

In practice:

  • I promote intelligent and thoughtful innovation in order to forward the Town’s policies and services.
  • I consider the broader regional and statewide implications of the agency’s decisions and issues.
  • I understand change can be a stressful but necessary part of the innovative process.

Respect

As a representative of the Town of Colma, I respect my fellow officials, staff and the public.

In practice:

  • I treat my fellow officials, staff and the public with patience, courtesy and civility, even when we disagree.
  • I focus on the merits in discussions of issues, not personalities, character or motivations.
  • I solicit and listen to the views of my fellow officials, staff and the public before making a decision.
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