Chapter 2.88


2.88.010    Prohibited Activities

2.88.020    Permitted Political Activities

2.88.030    Penalty

2.88.010 Prohibited Activities.

A.    No City officer or employee shall use City time, City property or his/her position or title as a City employee to promote any political issue or candidate, to solicit funds for any political purpose or to influence the outcome of any election during working hours.

B.    City officers or employees shall not campaign for candidates or issues while in any City vehicles, or when in a uniform which identifies them as a City employee, or using City facilities including but not limited to such things as copy machines, paper supplies, typewriters, computers and other office equipment.

C.    No City officer or employee shall coerce or intimidate any City employee to contribute to or not to contribute to, or to promote or oppose any political cause or candidate.

D.    No City officer or employee shall perform or refrain from performing their normal job duties in order to obtain a benefit for political purposes.

2.88.020 Permitted Political Activities.

Employees shall have the right to vote and to express their opinions on all political subjects and candidates and to hold any political party office which would not be incompatible with or interfere with the discharge of their official duties. Employees may also participate in the management of a partisan, political campaign as long as it does not interfere with their job or use City property or facilities except as they are available to any member of the general public.

2.88.030 Penalty.

Violation of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall not be a criminal offense. Any officer or employee who violates this ordinance shall, however, be subject to discipline, including possible termination. (Ord. 478, 1995: Ord. Nos. 3, 6, 14, 39, 48, 49, 54, 85, 102, 107, 125, 133, 136, 137, 141, 142, 144, 149, 159, 164, 172, 198, 217, 234, 257, 258, 264, 273, 276, 284, 321, 351, 366, 369, 393, 403, 407, 409, 427, 441, and 442)