Ethics, Values, Mission and Vision
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At Bellevue, the commitment to act ethically goes well beyond the legal requirements and guidelines established by state statutes and local ordinances. Ethics codes have been developed for the city manager, department heads and all employees. Bellevue's mission, vision and core values
City ManagerThe City Council appoints the city manager on a competitive basis based on qualifications and merit. In the council-manager form of government, the city manager is not involved in partisan or political issues or decision-making. Other characteristics of the position that relate to ethics include:
Steve Sarkozy adheres to the International City Managers Association code of ethics. Among its tenets are commitments to equity, transparency, integrity, stewardship of public resources, political neutrality and respect for the rights and responsibility of elected officials and residents.
- City managers are not involved in the political activities of the City Council;
- In accordance with the International City and County Management Association Code of Ethics, a city manager is not a political appointee; and
- City managers do not contribute financially or otherwise to any local political campaign, and are not involved in any partisan political activity.
The City of Bellevue's Leadership Team, comprised of the department directors and the city manager and his team, developed a Statement of Ethical Principles, and all of the members signed it. This was a staff-driven effort to establish the highest possible ethical standard for the group, and to serve the broad interests of the community.
All employees for the City of Bellevue adhere to a code of ethics included in the City Code. Chapter 3.90 Code of Ethics governs the performance of city employees in the conduct of public project work and other city business, with a primary intent to prevent potential conflicts of interest.