City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 12.1 Personal Financial Interest.

Any City Officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee who has a substantial financial interest, direct or indirect or by reason of ownership of stock in any corporation, in any contract with the City or in the sale of any land, material, supplies or services to the City or to a contractor supplying the City shall make known that interest and shall refrain from voting upon or otherwise participating in his or her capacity as a City Officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee in the making of such sale or in the making or performance of such contract, other than his or her employment contract as an officer or employee of the City. Any person who is a City Officer, board member, Council member, commission member or employee and 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 Manager or the City Council.

Section 12.2 Political Activity.

No City employee shall solicit any contribution for the campaign fund of any candidate for Richmond Heights City office or take part in the political campaign of any candidate for Richmond Heights City office. All employees may exercise their rights as private citizens to express opinions and, if a registered voter in Richmond Heights, sign a nominating petition for any City candidate and vote in any City election. Political affiliation, participation or contribution shall not be considered in making any City employment decision. No City Officer, employee or member of a board or commission shall use official authority or official influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election to or nomination for Richmond Heights City office. No City Officer, employee or member of a board or commission 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 party, committee, organization, agency or person for political or electoral purposes of any candidate for Richmond Heights City office.

Section 12.3 Prohibitions.

(a) 
Activities prohibited.
(1) 
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, or physical disability, or political or religious opinions or affiliations.
(2) 
No person shall willfully make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report in regard to any test, certification or appointment under the personnel 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.
(3) 
No person who seeks appointment or promotion 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 test, appointment, proposed appointment, promotion or proposed promotion.
(b) 
Penalties. Any person who by himself or herself or with other willfully violates any of the provisions of Section 12.3(a) shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to fine, imprisonment or both as may be provided by ordinance.

Section 12.4 Notice of Suits.

No action shall be maintained against the City for or on account of any injury growing out of alleged negligence of the City unless notice shall first have been given in writing and personally served upon the City Manager, or his or her designee, within ninety (90) days of the occurrence for which said damage is claimed, stating the place, time, character and circumstances of the injury, and that the person so injured will claim damages therefor from the City.

Section 12.5 Official Bonds.

All officers and employees of the City who receive, disburse, or are responsible for City funds, and such other officers and employees as the Council by ordinance may designate, shall, within such time after election or appointment as may be fixed by ordinance, and before entering upon the discharge of their duties, give bond to the City in such sums and with such sureties as shall be prescribed by ordinance, and subject to approval by the Council, conditioned upon the faithful and proper performance of their duties and for the prompt accounting for and paying over to the City of all monies belonging to the City that may come into their hands. The City shall pay the premiums on all such bonds.

Section 12.6 Charter Amendment.

Amendments to this Charter may be framed and submitted to the electors by a commission in the manner provided by law and the Constitution of Missouri for framing and submitting a complete Charter. Amendments may also be proposed by ordinance by the Council or by petition of not less than ten percent (10%) of the registered qualified electors of the City, setting forth the proposed amendment and filed with the City Clerk, in accordance with the same filing procedure as initiative petitions as stated in Section 9.3. The Council shall at once provide by ordinance that any amendment so proposed shall be submitted to the electors at the next election held in the City not less than sixty (60) days after its passage, or if none, at a special election held as provided by law and the Constitution of Missouri for a Charter. Any amendment approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon shall become a part of the Charter at the time and under the conditions fixed in the amendment; Sections or Articles may be submitted separately or in the alternative and determined as provided by law and the Constitution of Missouri for a complete Charter.

Section 12.7 Public Improvements and Special Assessments.

(a) 
Improvements. The procedure for making, altering, vacating or abandoning a public improvement shall be governed by general ordinance, consistent with applicable State law.
(b) 
Special assessments. The procedure for levying, collecting and enforcing the payment of special assessments for the public improvements or special tax bills evidencing such assessments shall be governed by general ordinance, consistent with applicable State law.

Section 12.8 Proof of Ordinance.

Any ordinance may be proved by a copy thereof certified by the City Clerk under the Seal of the City; or, when printed and published by authority of the City, shall be received in evidence in all courts, or other places, without further proof of authenticity.

Section 12.9 Separability.

If any provision of this Charter is held invalid, the other provisions of the Charter shall not be affected thereby. If the application of the Charter or any of its provisions to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the application of the Charter and its provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.