Casper City Council to vote on code of ethics

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 7:47 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Casper City Council members will look at creating new rules for themselves. They will vote, on first reading, on a proposed code of ethics ordinance.

“We want to make sure that we hold ourselves to a professional standard, that we are not trying to benefit ourselves or benefit people that we know, family members, and it is about staying professional,” Councilman Kenneth Bates, Ward II, said.

The proposal would outline procedures if a council member has a potential conflict of interest. The code would require the council member to disclose the conflict and abstain from any votes on the subject. It would also bar council members from taking financial ownership in anything they vote on until they leave council.

Bates said the proposal would also ensure council members honor their constituents' trust.

“They are our bosses,” he said. “They vote us in and we should honor that code of ethics.”

Council members will first vote on the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Before voting, they will have a public comment period.

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