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Sponsored by: Hunt <br /> r. CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2012 -042 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, ESTABLISHING LOCAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE <br /> GUIDELINES FOR APPOINTED AND ELECTED OFFICIALS AND <br /> APPROVING THE CITY OF SEWARD FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE <br /> FORM UPON VOTER APPROVAL AND PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION <br /> #1 AT THE OCTOBER 2, 2012 MUNICIPAL ELECTION <br /> WHEREAS, the Alaska Legislature has statutory provisions in AS 39.50 relating to the <br /> disclosure and reporting of financial and business interests of public officials, which includes <br /> municipal elected and appointed officials; and <br /> WHEREAS, the requirements adopted in 2007 have become too intrusive and <br /> unreasonable, which has created a hardship for keeping and recruiting municipal elected and <br /> appointed officials in our community; and <br /> WHEREAS, appointed and elected officials will be defined as: the City Manager, <br /> candidates and seated Mayor and City Council members and Seward Planning & Zoning <br /> Commissioners; and <br /> .,. WHEREAS, those statutory provisions are applicable to municipal officers unless a <br /> majority of the voters at a general election approve an ordinance exempting its municipal officers <br /> from the requirements of the state provisions; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City Council believes in the public's right to know the financial and <br /> business interests of the persons who seek and hold public office, and desires to establish <br /> adequate local provisions relating to disclosure of business and financial interests and conflicts <br /> of interest; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City Council has established a financial disclosure form for Seward <br /> which basically adopts the requirements of the State Public Officials 2007 form; and <br /> WHEREAS, passage of the new City of Seward's financial disclosure form continues to <br /> assure public access, accountability, and continue the public trust by requiring officials in their <br /> official acts to disclose private or business interests; and <br /> WHEREAS, this change would still protect the public from the influence of undisclosed <br /> private or business interests, permit public access to information necessary to judge the <br /> credentials and performance of those who seek and hold public office, while allowing certain <br /> rights of privacy for our citizens seeking to hold public office, and expanding the pool of <br /> residents available to provide public service. <br />