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Posted on: June 12, 2018

Council Adopts Code of Conduct Bylaw


At the regular Council meeting on June 4, City Council adopted a Code of Conduct Bylaw. The purpose of the Bylaw is to establish standards of conduct for members of Council in the individual conduct of their official duties.

“The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from members that are elected to serve in local government,” said Mayor Barry Morishita. “These standards will help protect and maintain the City of Brooks’ reputation and integrity.”

The City currently has a Code of Conduct Policy; however, new changes to the Municipal Government Act require Council to adopt a Bylaw by July 23, 2018. The Bylaw regulates a wide range of conduct by elected officials, such as:

  • Representing the municipality;
  • Communicating on behalf of the municipality;
  • Respecting the decision making process;
  • Adhering to City policies, procedures and Bylaws;
  • Respectfully interacting with Council members, staff and the public;
  • Misusing and/or disclosing confidential information;
  • Declaring conflicts of interest;
  • Improperly using their influence;
  • Improperly using the City’s assets and services, including using City resources for election campaigns;
  • Attending orientation and other training;
  • Avoiding waste and complying with the City’s policies and procedures regarding remuneration and expenses; and,
  • Improperly accepting gifts or hospitality.

The Bylaw also provides a complaint system that addresses who can make a complaint and how they can make it, including determining the validity of a complaint and what sanctions may be imposed if a complaint is determined to be valid. The Bylaw must also be reviewed every four years.

The Code of Conduct Bylaw can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Alan Martens
Chief Administrative Officer

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