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Ethics Ordinance

A comprehensive ethics ordinance was adopted by the Denton City Council on May 1, 2018. The ordinance sets guidelines for ethical behavior by City Officials including the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager, Attorney, Auditor, Municipal Judge, certain Boards and Commissions, former City Officials, and vendors.

Key Provisions of the Ethics Ordinance

  • Defines a Conflict of Interest as any income or ownership in a business, or ownership of property over $600.
  • Requires that City Officials disclose, recuse themselves, and are prohibited to deliberate on matters when a Conflict of Interest exists.
  • City Officials are prohibited from accepting gifts over $50 and no more than $200 from per year.
  • Creates a Board of Ethics to hear complaints filed against City Officials for violations.
  • Creates penalties for those found to have violated the Ordinance up to a recommendation of suspension.
Read the entire Ethics Ordinance

Timeline of Ethics Ordinance

  • November 7, 2017: City of Denton Charter Election is held with five propositions for amendments to the Denton City Charter, including a proposition that would require the City of Denton to adopt an ethics ordinance.
  • November 14, 2017: The City Council hires an outside attorney to assist and facilitate the development of an ethics ordinance.
  • November 20, 2017: The results of the Charter Election are certified and Proposition D is approved.
  • December 5, 2017: First City Council work session is held regarding development of an Ethics Ordinance.
  • December 2017 to May 2018: The City Council holds multiple sessions to craft a comprehensive Ethics Ordinance.
  • May 1, 2018: The Ethics Ordinance is approved by a vote of 7 to 0.

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