City of Santa Monica staff should always strive for the highest ethical
standards. To strengthen the City’s commitment to the highest standards of good
governance, Santa Monica City Council adopted a values-based Code of Ethics for
all City staff on November 24, 2015. It is based on the principles of fairness,
transparency, accountability, and integrity.
If you witness Santa Monica staff in a possible ethical violation, please report it. Provide information about the incident by phone or online.
Call 844-4SM-ETHIC or report online.
· I value all stakeholders,
and treat all people with dignity.
· I follow City processes and
maintain objectivity in my decision making.
· I provide equal access to
· I respect diversity of
· I am a guardian of the
· I represent the City well,
refraining from acts that may bring reproach or discredit to the City.
· I use public resources
appropriately, not for private benefit or political purposes.
· I decline and do not seek
gifts, favors, and other special treatment.
· I support the public’s
right to know by making information accessible.
· I facilitate public
involvement in decision making processes.
· I disclose information that
may be perceived as a conflict of interest.
· I accept individual and
collective responsibility for my actions.
· I adhere to laws, policies,
standards of conduct, and report violations.
· I am Reliable, Respectful,
Resourceful, Responsive, and Reflective.