Glenwood Council to discuss conflict-of-interest policy
Ryan Summerlin March 5, 2014
The city of Glenwood Springs conflict-of-interest code, as it applies to City Council members and members of the various appointed city boards and commissions, will come under review during tonight’s regular council meeting.
Some council members have suggested that the current city code should be relaxed to mirror Colorado’s code of ethics laws for local government officials.
State law generally holds that public officials who have a direct financial interest in a matter that’s before the elected or appointed board on which they serve or advise to disclose the conflict and recuse themselves from discussing or voting on the matter.
Glenwood’s own ordinance, adopted in 1987, requires the same, but takes it a step further by prohibiting council members, board appointees and city staff from appearing before the board on such matters, even as a hired professional consultant.
As a courtesy, council’s standing policy also asks members who recuse themselves on a given topic to leave the room during the discussion.
Council plans to review the current code at Wednesday night’s meeting and decide whether amendments are warranted.
The regular council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St. Also on the agenda is a presentation by YouthZone representatives on “Marijuana and the Teenage Brain.”