Code of Conduct
Per Alberta's Municipal Government Act, RSA 2000, Chapter M-26:
"146.1(1) A council must, by bylaw, establish a code of conduct governing the conduct of councillors."
On April 9, 2018, Council passed Bylaw #1641, the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw after many discussions.
Some of the most important points emphasized by Council in the process of development of the Bylaw:
- We build and inspire public trust and confidence in our local government. The actions of a Claresholm Councillor benefit the town and the people of Claresholm. Our actions are appropriate, respectful, accountable, non-judgmental and carried out with no personal agenda.
- We promote public confidence by respecting both the value of transparency and the process
established by council for communicating with the public on behalf of council
and the municipality.
- We support effective decision-making through the processes set out in legislation and local bylaws and have respect for the role of the chair.
- We promote service to the public interest and show leadership by adhering to and upholding legislation, local bylaws, and policies adopted by council.
- We strive to treat council members, municipal employees, and others with dignity, understanding and respect.
- We do not use information in a way that is detrimental to the public interest. We follow the confidentiality requirements of
the MGA, FOIP, and the Town of Claresholm procedural bylaws.
- We promote public trust by not exploiting the position of Councillor for private reasons or in ways that would bring discredit to the office.
- We adhere to the MGA regulations regarding pecuniary interests. We promote the priority of municipal interests and we do not influence decisions for personal reasons.
- We promote stewardship and public trust and do not use municipal assets or resources for personal reasons.
- We promote effective leadership and personal development by participating in required training and by accessing development opportunities.