The Proposal

What is being proposed?

The proposed Charter amendment will require the City to amend and adopt a best-practices ethics policy with a number of important characteristics.

A key feature is oversight by an independent, voluntary ethics commission of 5 City of Naples voters. The 5 commissioners would be appointed by the State Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District (1), the Public Defender for the Twentieth Judicial District (1), the Collier County Sheriff (1), the Board of Commissioners of Collier County (1), and City Council (1) to make sure that the appropriate expertise and interests are all represented.


The commission would have the authority and responsibility to:

  • Propose amendments of the City's ethics ordinance to City Council

  • Advise City Council on ethical matters

  • Develop and provide training in ethical matters for City employees and officials

  • Provide formal and informal consultation on specific ethical questions to City employees and officials

  • Receive and investigate complaints using Florida rules for such activities

  • Issue reports on ethical matters and confirmed ethical violations

  • Levy penalties, statements of censure, and recommendations for removal consistent with the ethics ordinance

  • Hire and supervise staff consistent with City of Naples personnel practices

  • Propose a budget to City Council for these activities

The work of the ethics commission would be carried out by an ethics office staffed by a qualified ethics director and if necessary other staff and investigators, subject to City Council's approval of the budget.

The Charter amendment leaves many details to be designed by the commission and then discussed and approved by City Council. This approach ensures that critical factors of our ethics policy remain firmly in place, protected by the Charter, and that our officials and voters can adjust the related ethics ordinance as circumstances require.

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