However, although the call for greater openness in the City Council's decision-making is appropriate, the Desert Sun does not call for other obvious reforms. These should include the creation of a register of financial interests for both members of the City Council, officers and staff which should record any and all financial interests they have and the City's rules should be amended to include non-elected personnel currently excluded from the rules governing disciplinary proceedings.
These rules state that the City may discipline an employee for a variety of reasons including:
- Willful misrepresentation of any information in any way pertaining to City business or employment.
- Incompetency; negligent or substandard performance of duties.
- Use of official position for personal advantage.
Personnel exempt from the rules governing disciplinary proceedings set out in the ordinance linked to above, currently include contract employees, (hence the City's Attorney), any City appointee, (hence any member of a City commission), the City Clerk and department heads.
It is not yet clear to us whether some other rules apply to such otherwise exempt persons conducting the City's affairs which may make them subject to disciplinary proceedings for the reasons listed above. We are enquiring and shall post further information as we obtain it.