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Rochester Ethical Practices Board

 

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Organization: Rochester Ethical Practices Board

Sector: Government Agency

Organization Mission: To further the goals of the established Code of Ethics, the City of Rochester Ethical Practices Board (Board) was formed via city ordinance in December 2008. The Board is comprised of five citizen members who are appointed by a committee consisting of the President of Rochester Community and Technical College, the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester and the highest ranking officer of the Olmsted County Bar Association not associated with the Rochester City Attorney’s Office. Members serve a three year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms.

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Enabling Legislation

Section 13.10, subd. 5(A) states that the Ethical Practices Board has the power to “establish, amend and repeal rules and procedures governing its own internal organization and operations in a manner and form consistent with this chapter.”  The Ethical Practices Board adopts these rules of procedure and operation pursuant to that legislative authority.

Policy and Purpose

It is imperative that all persons acting in the public service not only maintain the highest possible standards of ethical conduct in their transaction of public business but that such standards be clearly defined and known to the public as well as to the persons acting in public service.

 The proper operation of a democratic government requires that public officials be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people. Governmental decisions and policies must be made in the proper channels of the governmental structure. Public office may not be used for personal gain. Citizens must have confidence in the integrity of their government officials.

 Public officials are agents of public purpose and hold office for the benefit of the public. They are bound to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, and to carry out impartially the laws of the nation, state and municipality so as to foster respect for all government. They are bound to observe in their official acts the highest standards of morality and to discharge faithfully the duties of their office regardless of personal considerations, recognizing that the public interest must be their primary concern.

In recognition of these goals, there is an established Code of Ethics for elected or appointed public officials, citizen volunteers, and candidates for public office. The purpose of the Code is to establish ethical standards of conduct for such persons by establishing acts which are incompatible with the City's best interests and requiring disclosure of private or financial interests in matters involving the City. The provisions and purposes of this Code of Ethics are declared to be in the best interests of the City of Rochester.

Ethical Practices Board

To further the goals of the established Code of Ethics, the City of Rochester Ethical Practices Board (Board) was formed via city ordinance in December 2008.  The Board is comprised of five citizen members who are appointed by a committee consisting of the President of Rochester Community and Technical College, the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester and the highest ranking officer of the Olmsted County Bar Association not associated with the Rochester City Attorney’s Office.  Members serve a three year term and may serve up to two consecutive terms.

Scope of Responsibility

The Code of Ethics pertains to and is applicable to public officials including elected officials and city employees (including department heads and supervisors) who have the authority to approve the expenditure of funds.  Also included, but not limited to, are members of the following boards and commissions:

  • Airport Commission
  • Building Code Board of Appeals
  • Committee on Urban Design and Environment
  • Downtown Development District Advisory Board
  • Energy Commission
  • Ethical Practices Board
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Board of Review
  • Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Housing Board of Appeals
  • Library Board
  • Mayo Civic Center Commission
  • Music Board
  • Park Board
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Police Policy Oversight Commission
  • Public Utility Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

 


Related News and Status


 

Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Best Practice, Diversity and Inclusion, Governance/Public Policy
February 02, 2019: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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January 28, 2019: Race Exhibit Returns to Rochester

Updates from Tony Williams, Science Museum of Minnesota

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January 14, 2019: City of Rochester Vision, Principles and Priorities

City Council COW was shown this Rochester Vision Document. 

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January 12, 2019: Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity Enterprise

OpenBeam (being evolved by Al Lun and Erik Lundquist) is exploring to use the PowerShift extension of Holacracy to build out a for-purpose organization that features radically transparent organizational structure designed to be devoid of traditional territorial, ego-centric, command-and-control bureaucratic structure. 

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December 19, 2018: CHNA Meeting and News

December 13, 2018 CHNA meeting minutes. 

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December 11, 2018: Community for Health Workgroup Log

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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November 21, 2018: Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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October 02, 2018: Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) Formal Alliance Proposal

Announcing Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium Forum November 13, 2018 and info on prior webinars to formally kick off this work. A number of members of the Greater Rochester Non-Profit Partners (GRNPP) are proposing a formal alliance framework.

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Impacts

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Lvl 1: Best Practice ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Governance/Public Policy

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Organization Life Cycle Assessment:

Steady

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