Board Member Code of Ethics and Conduct Policy
Public Service Ethics Education for Board Members
This course is an overview course on all public service ethics issues necessary to satisfy the requirements of Article 2.4 of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, including the following:
- Laws relating to personal financial gain by public servants, including, but not limited to, laws prohibiting bribery and conflict-of-interest laws.
- Laws relating to claiming perquisites (“perks”) of office, including, but not limited to, gift and travel restrictions, prohibitions against the use of public resources for personal or political purposes, prohibitions against gifts of public funds, mass mailing restrictions, and prohibitions against acceptance of free or discounted transportation by transportation companies.
- Government transparency laws, including, but not limited to, financial interest disclosure requirements and open government laws.
- Laws relating to fair processes, including, but not limited to, common law bias prohibitions, due process requirements, incompatible offices, competitive bidding requirements for public contracts, and disqualification from participating in decisions affecting family members; and
- General ethical principles relating to public service.
The Fair Political Practices Commission and Attorney General have reviewed this course for course sufficiency and accuracy.
Last updated February 2022
Advisory Board of Directors Values, Conduct and Norms Sections 1.01 - 1.08
Advisory Board of Directors
Sec. 1.01. GENERALLY.
- There is hereby established in each District an advisory board of directors which, subordinate to the authority of the Board of Supervisors, shall manage and conduct the affairs of the District in accordance with and limited by the powers delegated by this Resolution. Each advisory board of directors created under any resolution preceding this one shall remain in full force and effect.
Sec. 1.02. MEMBERSHIP.
- Each advisory board of directors shall consist of five (5) members, who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors; each member shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors and may be removed during the member's term at the will of the Board.
Sec 103. VACANCIES.
- Vacancies which occur in the advisory board of directors shall be filled by the Board of Supervisors for the unexpired portion of the terms.
Sec. 1.04. QUALIFICATIONS.
- Each member of the advisory board of directors shall be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the District served by the advisory board to which that person is appointed. "Resident," for purposes of this Resolution, shall mean a person who dwells in the residential area of the District on a permanent basis. Any member who ceases to reside within the boundaries of the District shall automatically forfeit office and cease to be a member of the board; provided that the casting of a vote upon a matter determined by the board subsequent to the date of forfeiture shall not be deemed to invalidate such action. Each member of the advisory boards of directors is subject to the Conflict of Interest Code disclosure requirements as established by the Board of Supervisors.
Sec. 1.05. TERMS.
- The full term of office of members of the advisory board of directors shall be four (4) years. No member may serve more than two (2) full terms, but may be reappointed, subject to the same limitation, or if such member has not served within one ( 1) year prior to such reappointment.
- Appointments to advisory boards of directors shall be staggered so that the terms of two members shall expire on the same date, the terms of two other members shall expire on the same date two (2) years later, and the term of the fifth member shall expire one (1) year, thereafter.
Sec. 1.06. MEETINGS.
- Meetings of the advisory board of directors shall be open to the public, and shall be scheduled, called and conducted in compliance with the provisions of Section 54950 of the Government Code.
Sec. 1.07. ATTENDANCE.
- Each advisory board of directors shall develop and adopt an excuse policy which shall establish a procedure by which a member may request to be excused by the advisory board; such excuse policy shall be approved by the Board of Supervisors. Any member of the advisory board of directors who fails to attend three (3) consecutive regular meetings or six (6) meetings in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit office and cease to be a member of the board, unless such absence is consistent with the excuse policy and excused by the Chair or a majority of the members of the advisory board. The clerk of the advisory board shall report to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors any member who fails, without being excused, to attend three (3) consecutive regular meetings. The casting of a vote by a member who has forfeited office pursuant to this Section shall not be deemed to invalidate the action upon which the vote was cast.
Sec. 1.08. ACTIONS.
- All actions by the advisory board of directors shall require the affirmative vote of not less than a majority of the total membership of the board. Sec. 1.09. COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS. Each member of the advisory board of directors shall receive such sum for the attendance of meetings as may be fixed by that advisory board, not to exceed $50 for each meeting of the board attended for not more than two meetings during any calendar month. Such members may also be allowed actual and necessary traveling and incidental expenses incurred in the performance of official business of the District as prescribed by the advisory board. The compensation and expenses as provided in this Section shall be in accordance with a Travel Policy approved by the Board of Supervisors and to not exceed the amounts specifically set forth in the District's annual budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Advisory Board of Directors Values, Conduct and Norms Sections 2.01 - 2.02
Finance and Management
Sec. 2.01. RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS.
- Each advisory board of directors shall be empowered to establish and terminate programs of community recreation and shall make recommendations, as needed, to the Board of Supervisors regarding additional regulations that will promote the safety, convenience, use and enjoyment of District facilities.
Sec. 2.02. RECOMMENDED BUDGET.
- Each Administrator of the Districts shall prepare an annual budget and be approved by the advisory board of directors for recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.