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City of Lacombe adopts Council Code of Conduct Bylaw

New Municipal Government Act mandated certain changes

Council yesterday adopted the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw No. 459 to govern the conduct of councillors, as required by amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA).

Council also rescinded Council Policy 11/210.01 2015 (Ethical Conduct for Council Members) to make way for the new bylaw.

“The purpose of this bylaw is to establish standards for the ethical conduct of Council members relating to our roles and obligations as representative of the City of Lacombe, and a procedure for the investigation and enforcement of those standards,” said Mayor Grant Creasey.

The MGA regulates that Council must, by bylaw, establish a code to govern all councillors equally, combining core values and key principles related to the holding of public office and outlining those behaviors and conduct that members of Council are obliged to model or avoid.

“A complaint system outlining who can make complaints, the method by which complaints are to be made, the process to determine a complaint’s validity and potential sanctions for non-compliance with are also stipulated in the bylaw,” sad Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Goudy.

Bylaw No. 459 establishes standards for Council members regarding:

  • Representation of the municipality
  • Communicating on behalf of the municipality
  • Respecting the decision making process
  • Adherence to policies, procedures and bylaws
  • Respectful interactions • Confidential information
  • Conflict of interests • Improper use of influence
  • Use of municipal assets and services
  • Orientation and other training attendance

To view the full text of the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw No. 459, go to http://www.lacombe.ca/doing-business/bylaws-policies/bylaws.

-Submitted by the City of Lacombe

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