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The Los Alamos County Council met Tuesday in hopes of concluding three years of work by the Charter Review Committee.
But discomfort on the part of some councilors with the CRC’s recommendations, along with the impending turnover on the council, prompted a call for further study of some issues and the delay of others.
Council did take action on the CRC’s recommendation for the establishment of a code of ethics.
The committee had recommended a charter amendment requiring the establishment of a code of ethics. Councilors asked County Attorney Rebecca Ehler if establishing a code of ethics required a change to the Charter.
“You could do this through ordinance, and it is more flexible that way,” Ehler said. “Having clear ethics in your charter makes it more difficult to change and be responsive to changing ethical standards, but it also gives it a more elevated status.”
Assistant County Attorney Daniel Gonzales reported on a memo he had completed in September 2011 comparing the county’s ethics standards with the Governmental Conduct Act of 2011.
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