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Code of Ethics / Code of Conduct

Public Process
At the July 8, 2014 Special Meeting, City Council directed staff to develop a Code of Conduct and a Code of Ethics to provide enforceable guidelines that further the public’s trust in democratic government and uphold the public interest. Precise standards of conduct expected by the City have not been codified to date in the City Charter, Ordinances or any policies adopted by the City Council. 

As part of this process, staff hosted two public workshops on Monday, July 28, 2014 and accepted public comment through the City’s website to solicit public input on the proposed Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics. The public input received from the fifteen members of the public who attended these sessions as well as the input that was received via email and Durango’s Voice was incorporated into the draft policy. City Council reviewed this policy at a Study Session on Tuesday, August 13, 2014. 

City Council accepted public comments on the document at a Public Hearing that was held at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

The policy was adopted on October 7, 2014 and went into effect on October 18, 2014. To view the adopted Code of Ethics / Code of Conduct policy please click here.

Board of Ethics
Pursuant to the recently adopted Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics, the Board of Ethics is comprised of five (5) at large community members. The purpose of the Board of Ethics is to issue advisory opinions on ethical issues arising under the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics; to hear inquires or complaints; and to issue finding and recommendations regarding alleged violations of the Code. Interested applicants shall have expertise in ethic acquired through education or experience.

For more information on the Board of Ethics please click here.


Policy Processes
The policy outlines several processes by which City Officials and the public may identify and resolve conduct and ethical issues. Forms can be obtained using the below links or in the City Clerk’s Office located at 949 E 2nd Ave.

Complaint Process
Any person covered by the City of Durango’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics or any member of the public may submit a complaint to the Board of Ethics regarding alleged violations of the City’s Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics Policy. Click here for a copy of the complaint form.

Advisory Opinion Process
Any City Officer or Board or Commission member who is covered by the City of Durango’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics may submit a written request to the Board of Ethics for an advisory opinion.  Advisory opinion requests should outline specific actions or conduct that are relevant to the individuals’ official duties and the Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics. Advisory opinion requests must be submitted to the Board of Ethics in advance of any official action. The Board of Ethics may publish advisory opinions to provide general guidance for City Officers and Boards and Commission members.