Code of Ethics

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Per the Home Rule Charter, all members of the City Council, the City’s other public bodies (including boards, commissions, task forces and committees) and City Staff “must commit to adhering to the letter and spirit of the Code of Ethics” contained in Article 5 of the Home Rule Charter.

Any person who believes a member of the City Council, a member of one of the City’s public bodies, or an employee has violated any of the provisions of the Code of Ethics and wishes to initiate proceedings on such alleged violations may do so by filing a written complaint with the City Prosecutor.

Per the Home Rule Charter, a complaint must be in writing and shall

  • state in detail the facts of the alleged violation;

  • specify the section or sections of the Code of Ethics alleged to have been violated; and

  • contain a sworn or verified statement signed by the complainant and stating under penalty of perjury that the information in the complaint is true and accurate, and that the complaint is filed in good faith and not out of malice or any other improper motive or purpose.

Any complaint which does not contain such a signed statement shall be returned forthwith to the complainant without action.

 

Complaints may be dropped off or mailed to:

Prosecuting Attorney
Louisville Municipal Court
992 West Via Appia
Louisville CO 80027

If the complaint is made against a member of the City Council or a member of a board, commission or other public body, within ten days after receipt of the complaint the City Prosecutor shall forward a copy of the complaint to the person against whom the complaint is made, and to an advisory judge. The City Prosecutor shall request the advisory judge to appoint a qualified disinterested attorney to serve as special prosecutor. The attorney recommended or appointed pursuant to this procedure shall serve as special prosecutor for purposes of investigation and action on the complaint, and shall take such actions concerning the complaint as are consistent with the Code of Ethics, the Colorado municipal court rules of procedure, and the prosecutor's ethical responsibilities. Before completing the investigation, the special prosecutor shall provide the person against whom the complaint is made an opportunity to provide information concerning the complaint.

 

If the complaint is against an employee, the City Prosecutor shall investigate the complaint and take such actions concerning the complaint as are consistent with the Code of Ethics, the Colorado municipal court rules of procedure, and the prosecutor's ethical responsibilities. Within ten days after receipt of the complaint the City Prosecutor shall forward a copy of the complaint to the employee against whom the complaint is made and, before completing the investigation, shall provide the employee an opportunity to provide information concerning the complaint.

 

The enforcement provisions of the Code of Ethics further provide standards and penalties for false reporting of a complaint, as well as penalties and other relief for violations of the provisions of the Code.

For complete details of the Code of Ethics’ standards, procedures and enforcement provisions, including how allegations and violations are handled, please refer to Article 5, Sections 5-6 through 5-17 of the Home Rule Charter.

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