The purpose of the following provisions is to establish a standard of conduct and a standard of public ethics consistent with the expectations of the Citizens of Wildwood who deserve and demand integrity and ethical behavior.
Any elected or appointed officer, employee or member of any board or commission of the City who has substantial interest, direct or indirect, or by reason of ownership of stock in any corporation, in any contract with the City or in the sale or purchase of any land, material, supplies or services to or from the City or to a contractor supplying the City shall make known that interest in writing to the City and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in his or her capacity as a City officer or employee in the making of such sale or purchase or in the making or performance of such contract. Any City officer or employee who willfully conceals such a substantial financial interest or willfully violates the requirements of this Section shall be guilty of malfeasance in office or position and shall forfeit his or her office or position. Violation of this Section with the knowledge express or implied of the person or corporation contracting with or making a sale to the City shall render the contract or sale voidable by the City.
No City employee shall solicit any contribution for the campaign fund of any candidate for Wildwood City office or take part in the political campaign of any candidate for City office. All employees may exercise their rights as private citizens to express opinions and, if registered qualified voters in Wildwood, to vote in any City election. Political affiliation, participation or contribution shall not be considered in making any City employment decision. No City officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee shall use official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election to City office. No City officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee shall directly or indirectly coerce, attempt to coerce, command, advise or solicit a City employee to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to a committee, organization, agency or person for the political or electoral purposes of any candidate for City office.
Discrimination. No person shall be appointed to or removed from, or in any way favored or discriminated against with respect to, any City position or appointive City administrative office because of race, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or political or religious opinions or affiliations.
Fraud. No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment under the provisions of this Charter or the rules and regulations made hereunder, or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of such provisions, rules and regulations.
Graft. No person who seeks appointment, promotion or retention with respect to any City position or appointive City administrative office shall directly or indirectly give, render or pay any money, service or other valuable thing to any person for or in connection with his or her appointment, promotion or proposed promotion.
Improper Influence. No elected or appointed officer or employee of the City may accept any improper fee, compensation, gift or payment as shall be prohibited and defined by ordinance.
Penalties. Any person who, by himself or herself or with others, willfully violates any of the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or up to ninety (90) days in jail, or such greater or different penalties as may be provided by ordinance.