The Ethics Code is a part of the laws of the City of Naples, overseen by the Ethics Commission and approved by City Council. It has a number of sections which are summarized below.
- This section discusses these four key subjects.
- This section defines all the key terminology utilized throughout the Ethics Code.
- This section defines who must receive training, the type and frequency of training, and certification of training.
- This section describes the two types of written guidance available to eligible persons, informal consultations and formal advisory opinions.
- This section defines a variety of conflicts of interest that persons must avoid, including misuse of office, disclosure of confidential information, honest services, prohibited representations and appearances, prohibited employment, post-employment restrictions, nepotism, bids and contract issues, financial interests, and voting conflicts.
- This section describes limits on gifts, honoraria, solicitations and loans.
- This section describes certain required disclosures including ex parte communications, voting conflicts, financial disclosures, honesty in applications and disclosures of property and business ownerships.
- This section clarifies the application of the Florida whistleblower law in Naples and defines the Commission as an “appropriate local official” for whistleblower information disclosure purposes.
- This section describes the registration, reporting and regulation requirements for lobbyists defined in Charter Section 17.3.
- This section describes the basic procedure for complaints, investigations and hearings. These requirements are more extensively covered in the Commission’s policies and procedures on these subjects.
- This section describes the several penalties that may be imposed when an ethics violation is found, including letters, training requirements, fines and restitution, and referral for further action by either the City Manager or City Council.