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By now, you have probably seen notices and/or posters that Missouri City is seeking volunteers for the newly created Ethics Commission. The deadline to apply for a seat on the Commission has been extended until Feb. 28, 2022.
You may be asking yourself, “Should I volunteer? Does the Ethics Commission matter?” The answer is a resounding “YES!” This primer will tell you everything you need to know about the Commission, and why ethics should matter to all residents and stakeholders in the Show Me City.
The Ethics Commission is a seven-person panel of citizens that will investigate and address ethics complaints against City officials. The term “ethics” refers to a set of principles that elected and other municipal officials must follow. The Commission will investigate complaints on a case-by-case basis.
The Ethics Commission of Missouri City was established pursuant to a unanimous City Council vote on June 21, 2021, approving Ordinance No. O-21-27. The Commission was formed because the City wanted to establish an environment in which ethics concerns could be investigated and addressed in an orderly manner. The Commission was initially proposed by Councilmember Jeffrey L. Boney in the fall of 2020.
Yes. Other cities in our region that have an Ethics Commission include Sugar Land, Houston, Baytown, Pearland and League City.
The Ethics Commission is authorized to investigate the mayor, city councilmembers, board and commission members, city manager, city attorney and city secretary.
Pursuant to Section 2-604 (Standards of conduct) of the ethics ordinance, no city official shall:
Those eligible to serve are Missouri City residents who are:
Each member of the Ethics Commission serves a three-year term. Meetings are held as needed, when the Commission receives an Ethics complaint.
To learn more about the Ethics Commission or to apply, Click Here.
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