City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 2-15-1 Creation.

[4-8-2015; 2016 Code]
There is hereby created an ethics board the purpose of which shall be to administer and enforce title 1, chapter 16, of this code. When used in this chapter the word "board" means the ethics board.

§ 2-15-2 Members.

[4-8-2015; 2016 Code]
(A) 
The board shall be composed of three regular members and one alternate member.
(1) 
All members shall be residents of the city or owners of real property located in the city. The members shall not be elected officials, full-time appointed officials or city employees, nor shall a member be simultaneously serving on any other city board, commission, or committee.
(2) 
Each member of the board shall be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by the council.
(3) 
Each member and alternate member of the board shall serve a staggered three year term expiring on the Monday preceding the third Tuesday in April of the third succeeding year following his or her appointment. The alternate member shall serve when one of the regular members is unavailable.
(4) 
The board shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson who shall each serve until his or her successor is elected.
(B) 
Two members of the board shall constitute a quorum.
(C) 
The city attorney shall provide legal advice and assistance to the board. The city clerk shall serve as the secretary of the board.

§ 2-15-3 Meetings.

[4-8-2015; 2016 Code]
Meetings of the board shall be on call of the chairperson.

§ 2-15-4 Duties.

[4-8-2015; 2016 Code]
The board shall have the following duties:
(A) 
Develop, publish and distribute such written opinions and policies as the board may consider appropriate to properly administer the ethics code.
(B) 
Investigate all alleged violations of the ethics code and recommend appropriate sanctions to the proper authority.
(C) 
Give advisory opinions as to the applicability of a provision of the ethics code to a particular situation in which a city official is or may become involved or to the meaning of one or more definitions of terms used in the ethics code. When a city official has doubt as to the applicability of a provision of the ethics code to a particular situation in which he or she is or may become involved or to the meaning of one or more definitions of terms used in the ethics code, he or she should apply to the board for an advisory opinion and be guided by that opinion when given.
(1) 
The applicant shall have the opportunity to present his or her interpretation of the facts at issue and of the applicable provision or provisions of the ethics code before such advisory decision is made. It is prima facie evidence of intent to comply with the ethics code when a city official refers a matter to the board and abides by the advisory opinion, if the material facts are as stated in the opinion request.
(2) 
When a request for an advisory opinion is made, the name of the requester and the nature of the request may, at the requester's choice, be kept confidential. When confidentiality is requested, the board shall hear and determine the request in closed session. The agenda for the meeting shall identify the session as a closed session to hear a request for a confidential opinion pursuant to this subsection (C)(2) When confidentiality is requested, the report of the board shall also be kept confidential, but the board shall prepare a redacted summary of the report as a public document; however, if the requester requests in writing that the full report be made public, it shall become a part of the public record. If the requester makes public any portion of the opinion or report, all confidentiality is waived by the requester and the board may release the unredacted report.