[Ord. No. 93-151 §1, 8-31-1993; Ord. No. 94-145 §1, 8-31-1994]
The proper operation of County Government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people; that government decisions and policy be made in the proper channels of the governmental structure; that public office not be used for personal gain; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government. In recognition of these goals, there is hereby established a procedure for disclosure by certain officials and employees of private financial or other interests in matters affecting the County.
[Ord. No. 93-151 §2, 8-31-1993; Ord. No. 94-145 §2, 8-31-1994]
Conflicts of interest shall be handled as follows:
Any member of the St. Charles County Council who has a substantial personal or private interest, as defined by State law, in any matter before the St. Charles County Council shall disclose on the record of the St. Charles County Council the nature of his interest and shall disqualify himself from voting on any matters relating to this interest.
The County Executive, if he has a substantial personal or private interest, as defined by State law, in any bill or ordinance proposed or pending before the County Council, shall, before he passes on the bill or ordinance, file a written report of the nature of the interest with the County Registrar and such statement shall be recorded in the appropriate journal or other records of proceedings of the County Council.
[Ord. No. 93-151 §3, 8-31-1993; Ord. No. 94-145 §3, 8-31-1994]
Each elected official, the Director of Administration, the Director of Finance and the County Counselor shall disclose the following information by May first (1st) if any such transactions were engaged in during the previous calendar year:
For such person, and all persons within the first degree of consanguinity or affinity of such person, the date and the identities of the parties to each transaction with a total value in excess of five hundred dollars ($500.00), if any, that such person had with the political subdivision, other than compensation received as an employee or payment of any tax, fee or penalty due to the political subdivision, and other than transfers for no consideration to the political subdivision; and
The date and the identities of the parties to each transaction known to the person with a total value in excess of five hundred dollars ($500.00), if any, that any business entity in which such person had a substantial interest, had with the political subdivision, other than payment of any tax, fee or penalty due to the political subdivision or transactions involving payment for providing utility service to the political subdivision, and other than transfers for no consideration to the political subdivision.
The Director of Administration and the County Auditor also shall disclose by May first (1st) for the previous calendar year the following information:
The name and address of each of the employers of such person from whom income of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or more was received during the year covered by the statement;
The name and address of each sole proprietorship that he owned; the name, address and the general nature of the business conducted of each general partnership and joint venture in which he was a partner or participant; the name and address of each partner or co-participant for each partnership or joint venture unless such names and addresses are filed by the partnership or joint venture with the Secretary of State; the name, address and general nature of the business conducted of any closely held corporation or limited partnership in which the person owned ten percent (10%) or more of any class of the outstanding stock or limited partners' units; and the name of any publicly traded corporation or limited partnership that is listed on a regulated stock exchange or automated quotation system in which the person owned two percent (2%) or more of any class of outstanding stock, limited partnership units or other equity interests;
The name and address of each corporation for which such person served in the capacity of a director, officer or receiver.
[Ord. No. 93-151 §4, 8-31-1993; Ord. No. 94-145 §4, 8-31-1994]
The reports, in the attached format, shall be filed with the County Registrar and with the Ethics Commission. The reports shall be available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours.
[Ord. No. 93-151 §5, 8-31-1993; Ord. No. 94-145 §5, 8-31-1994]
The financial interest statements shall be filed at the following times, but no person is required to file more than one (1) financial interest statement in any calendar year:
Each person appointed to office shall file the statement within thirty (30) days of such appointment or employment;
Every other person required to file a financial interest statement shall file the statement annually not later than May first (1st) and the statement shall cover the calendar year ending the immediately preceding December thirty-first (31st); provided that any person required to file may supplement the financial interest statement to report additional interests acquired after December thirty-first (31st) of the covered year until the date of filing of the financial interest statement.