Morinville Town Council approved the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw on May 8, 2018. This Code of Conduct is intended to reflect the 2017-2021 term of Council.
The purpose of this bylaw is to establish a foundation for effective governance as well as standards for ethical and interpersonal conduct for all Members of Council. This bylaw also supports and aligns with Morinville’s values and is a supplement to the existing statutes, laws and policies governing the conduct of Members.
Respect for Decision-making Process
All Members of Council shall communicate and work towards effective and consistent implementation of the positions and decisions of Council. In this way, Councillors will foster respect for the democratic decision making process.
Release of Confidential Information
Members of Council shall hold in strict confidence all information concerning matters deemed confidential. A Member of Council shall not, either directly or indirectly, release, make public or in any way divulge any information which is deemed to be confidential unless expressly authorized by Council or required by law to do so.
Release of Information to Public, Media and Social Media
Members of Council acknowledge that official information related to the decisions and resolutions of Council will normally be communicated to the community and the media by the Council as a whole or the Mayor as Head of Council or by his or her designate.
Acceptance of Gifts
No member of Council shall solicit or accept a reward, gift or benefit of any kind, personally or through a family member or friend, which is connected directly or indirectly with the performance or duties of office. Members of Council shall not accept invitations from contractors, or potential contractors to the municipality to attend special events that may be viewed as creating an unreasonable level of access or indebtedness.
Council is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant, healthy, safe and caring work environment in all interactions with the internal and external stakeholders and members of Council.
Conflict of Interest
Members of Council shall not engage in any activity, financial or otherwise, which is incompatible or inconsistent with the ethical discharge of official duties in the public interest.
Respectful Interactions with Council Members, Staff, The Public and Others
Members of Council shall at all times act in a manner that demonstrates fairness, respect for individual differences and opinions, treat others with courtesy, dignity and respect, and conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the separation of roles and responsibilities between Council and Administration.
Complaints, Compliance and Enforcement
The Bylaw sets out the identified processes for filing informal and formal complaints, the expectations for compliance, and any enforcement measures available in the event any member is found in breach.
This is a condensed version of the full Council Code of Conduct Bylaw adopted by Council Resolution 178/2018 on May 8, 2018.