Ethics Handbook
Appendix C.

Springfield City Charter
Sections 15.5, 16.5 and 19.16

Section 15.5. Members; terms; qualifications and restrictions.

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Charter, all boards established or authorized by this Charter shall consist of nine members appointed for a term of three years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. In the event a person fails to serve a full three-year term, the successor shall be appointed for the unexpired term. The appointing authority shall have the power to make appointments for periods which are shorter than the required term in order to stagger terms so that one-third of the members are appointed each year. In addition thereto, the City Manager may serve as ex-officio member if so provided in this Charter or in the ordinance establishing said boards. Members shall have resided in the City not less than two years immediately prior to their appointment, be qualified voters therein, shall reside in the City during their term of office; and shall take the oath prescribed for City officers and shall serve without compensation. (Editor's note: Some Public Utilities Board and Park Board members are not required to be residents of the City.) When the City Council determines that it is in the interest of the City to establish a board to advise the City Council concerning inter-local matters, provisions of this section pertaining to City residency and the number of members on advisory boards shall not apply. The City Council may agree with other governmental agencies concerning the qualifications and composition of boards which are established to advise the City Council about inter-local governmental matters.

During their term of office no member of any board shall be a member of any committee or organized group connected with any political party or promoting the candidacy of any person for municipal office. Members of all boards shall have the same qualifications as provided in this Charter for at-large Council members. However, no person shall be appointed to any board for more than two consecutive three-year terms and as far as practical, membership of boards and committees shall be representative of the various parts of the City.

A member of an administrative board of the City shall be prohibited for a period of one (1) year after leaving his position on such board from being hired as an employee of said board.

Section 16.5 Restrictions on the board. (Board of Public Utilities Only)

Not more than six members of the said board shall belong to the same political party, and the administration of such board shall be in all respects entirely nonpartisan. No member of the said board shall, during his term of office thereon, be a candidate for office, nor shall he hold any other office, either school board, City, County, State or federal during his official term; nor shall he be a member of any party organization or committee to further the candidacy of any person for municipal public office. Upon becoming a candidate for public office or accepting any of the offices aforesaid, during the term, he shall be deemed thereby to have immediately resigned as a member of the said board, and his membership shall be thereby ipso facto vacated.

A member of the board shall be prohibited for a period of one (1) year after leaving his position on the board from being hired as an employee of the board.

Section 19.16 Officers and employees interested in contracts.

No member of the Council and no salaried officer or employee of the City shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the City, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the City of any land, materials, supplies or services, except on behalf of the City as an officer or employee. This section shall not apply if the transaction involves the sale of City bonds made after public notice and competitive bidding, provided the bid accepted is the lowest qualified bid received.

No member of the board or commission shall have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the department or administrative agency managed or operated by the board or commission on which he is serving, or be financially interested, directly or indirectly, in the sale to the board or commission of any land, materials, supplies, or services, except on behalf of the department or administrative agency.

Any violation of this section renders the contract or sale void, and any Council member, officer, employee or board member violating the section thereby forfeits his office or employment.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the Charter to the contrary, the City may acquire land from an employee of the City, other than a salaried officer, by purchasing the land from the employee or through the exercise of eminent domain; provided, however, such land shall not be purchased by the City at more than the fair market value as determined by an independent appraiser.


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