Washington County and City Boards of Ethics
and Elections Commissions
It is our belief that most people who choose to work for local governments share an attitude of mind, a way of looking at their work as public servants. We believe they want to serve the public in a transparent manner that earns trust and respect, and that they wish to abide by all relevant laws and codes of ethics.
below utilize in applying their respective ethics codes. For details, please consult
the relevant county and city codes and regulations.
King County Board of Ethics
Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission
City of Spokane
What are we doing locally?
Whatcom County Ethics Code Chapter 2.104 adopted in 1998: http://www.mrsc.org/mc/whatcom/whatco02/whatco02104.html
City of Bellingham -- no ethics information available: http://www.cityethics.org/us/washington
On November 19, 2007: The City discussed an ethics ordinance, but sent it back to staff to be "fleshed out"-
AB17690 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO ETHICS IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADOPTING A NEW CHAPTER 1.06 IN THE BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE ENTITLED “CODE OF ETHICS”
During Committee, the Council directed staff to “flesh out” the proposed ordinance WATTS / GISCHER moved to direct staff to come up with a proposal that would first, apply to the elected officials and the people who are not subject to collective bargaining and secondly to review the three options for enforcement and come prepared to explain how they would be implemented, and what the associated costs would be. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
City of Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission - adopted in 1991: It's interesting to take a look at the code other cities have adopted. http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=3.70$.head.&s2=&s3=&s4=&Sect4=AND&l=90&Sect1=IMAGE&Sect3=PLUROFF&Sect6=HITOFF&Sect5=CODE1&d=CODE&p=1&u=%2F%7Epublic%2Fcode1.htm&r=1&f=G
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