Sugar Land to seek public input for city’s ethics code

City of Sugar Land’s Citizens Ethics Task Force has scheduled a meeting on July 7, at 6 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, to receive public input on the city’s Ethics Code for elected and appointed officials.

The city council adopted the code in 2005 and changes in state law prompted the council to establish a seven-member task force to conduct a 10-year review and provide a report on recommended updates.

Members of the task force include Chairman Conrith Davis, Al Abramcyzk, Shawn Blaylock, Thomas DeMont Sr., Sumita Ghosh, Gary Hartenburg and Andrew Wolf.

The ethics code includes specific guidelines and regulations governing conflicts of interest, business interactions with the city, disclosure of gifts, private interests, misuse and disclosure of confidential information and restrictions on political activity and political contributions. The ethics code is available online at http://ow.ly/GZmr300xRRf.

During the meeting, staff will present a brief presentation on the city’s ethics code, and then the public will have the opportunity to speak directly with task force members to address the following:

Are there areas of concern you have with the current ethics code?

Are there issues you believe are missing from the current ethics code that need to be addressed?

Any other additional information you would like the Citizens Ethics Task Force to consider?

“The purpose of the city’s ethics code is to ensure our elected and appointed officials are held to the highest standard,” said Chairman Davis.

“The Task Force wants to hear from the residents to make sure we are addressing any concerns they may have with the current Code. If there are concerns that the code is insufficient, we want to hear about it.”

As part of the meeting, after the public comment period, participants may choose to speak privately with members of the task force; a room will be available for these individual discussions.

Participants are encouraged to sign up at Volunteer.SugarLandTX.gov by June 30 to select their speaking preference.

Residents may also take part in an online town hall now until July 14 at www.SugarLandTX.gov/OnlineTownHall.

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