ARTICLE V – DEPARTMENTS, OFFICES, AND AGENCIES
Section 5.01. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
(a) Creation of Departments. The city council may establish city departments, offices, or agencies in addition to those created by this charter and may prescribe the functions of all departments, offices, and agencies. No function assigned by this charter to a particular department, office, or agency may be discontinued or, unless this charter specifically so provides, assigned to any other.
(b) Direction by City Manager. All departments, offices, and agencies under the direction and supervision of the city manager shall be administered by an officer appointed by and subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager. With the consent of council, the city manager may serve as the head of one or more such departments, offices, or agencies or may appoint one person as the head of two or more of them.
ARTICLE VI – CONFLICTS OF INTEREST; BOARD OF ETHICS
Section 6.01. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
The use of public office for private gain is prohibited. The city council shall implement this prohibition by ordinance, the terms of which shall include, but not be limited to: acting in an official capacity on matters in which the official has a private financial interest clearly separate from that of the general public; the acceptance of gifts and other things of value; acting in a private capacity on matters dealt with as a public official; the use of confidential information; and appearances by city officials before other city agencies on behalf of private interests.
Section 6.02. BOARD OF ETHICS.
The city council shall, by ordinance, establish an independent board of ethics to administer and enforce the conflict of interest and financial disclosure ordinances. No member of the board may hold elective or appointed office under the city or any other government or hold any political party office. Insofar as possible under state law, the city council shall authorize the board to issue binding advisory opinions, conduct investigations on its own initiative and on referral or complaint from officials or citizens, subpoena witnesses and documents, refer cases for prosecution, impose administrative fines, and to hire independent counsel. The city council shall appropriate sufficient funds to the board of ethics to enable it to perform the duties assigned to it and to provide annual training and education of city officials and employees, including candidates for public office, regarding the ethics code.
ARTICLE VII – CHARTER REVIEW AND AMENDMENTS
Section 7.01. CHARTER AMENDMENTS.
This charter may be amended only by one of the following methods:
(a) The council, by resolution, may submit a proposed amendment to the voters at a special city election, and the proposed amendment becomes effective if approved by a majority of those voting.
(b) The council, by ordinance, may amend the charter. However, within thirty days of publication of the ordinance, if a petition valid under the provisions of section 362.4 of the Code of Iowa is filed with the council, the council must submit the ordinance amendment to the voters at a special city election, and the amendment does not become effective until approved by a majority of those voting.
(c) If a petition valid under the provisions of section 362.4 of the Code of Iowa is filed with the council proposing an amendment to the charter, the council must submit the proposed amendment to the voters at a special city election, and the amendment becomes effective if approved by a majority of those voting.
Section 7.02. CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION.
The council shall establish a Charter Review Commission in the year 2011 and every ten years thereafter. The commission shall review the existing charter and may, within twelve months, recommend any charter amendments that it deems appropriate to the council. The council shall either exercise its power of amendment as provided above on a matter recommended by the commission or submit such amendments to the voters in the form prescribed by the commission and such proposed amendment shall become effective when approved by a majority of those voting.