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City of Tukwila <br />Washington <br />Ordinance No. b0 l <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br />TUKWILA, WASHINGTON, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. <br />2447 §5, AS CODIFIED IN TUKWILA MUNICIPAL CODE <br />CHAPTER 2.97, "CODE OF ETHICS FOR ELECTED <br />OFFICIALS," TO CREATE THE POSITION OF ETHICS <br />OFFICER; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND <br />ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. <br />WHEREAS, State law prohibits certain conduct of City elected officials while serving <br />the City; and <br />WHEREAS, the City Council adopted a Code of Ethics for Elected Officials by <br />Ordinance No. 2447 on August 4, 2014; and <br />WHEREAS, the City desires to provide for uniform investigation and adjudication of <br />ethics complaints; and <br />WHEREAS, the City Council desires to create the position of Ethics Officer to simplify <br />the complaint process and to avoid undue waste caused by unnecessary investigations; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUKWILA, <br />WASHINGTON, HEREBY ORDAINS AS FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. TMC Section 2.97.040 Amended. Ordinance No. 2447 §5, as codified <br />at Tukwila Municipal Code (TMC) Section 2.97.040, "Board of Ethics," is hereby amended <br />to read as follows: <br />2.97.040 Ethics Officer and Board of Ethics <br />A. There is created a position of Ethics Officer. The purpose of the Ethics Officer is <br />to review ethics complaints for an initial determination of sufficiency as described in TMC <br />Section 2.97.050, before an investigation is initiated, and to provide advisory opinions for <br />elected officials when requested. The City will contract with one or more qualified <br />individuals or agencies to fill this position. To be qualified, the Ethics Officer must have <br />prior experience working as a hearing examiner for Washington State municipalities or as <br />a licensed attorney in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association. The <br />W: Word Processing\Ordinances\Code of Ethics -Elected Officials amended -Option 2 12-7-18 <br />LH:bjs <br />Page 1 of 5 <br />