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Legislation #: 150156 Introduction Date: 3/5/2015
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Section 2-2044, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Prohibited activities after leaving municipal service” to allow persons approved by the City Council to have appropriate contacts with City officials, officers and employees, during the first year a person serving in an executive or administrative capacity leaves City employment; and recognizing Robert Langenkamp’s service as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, as an appropriate application of this amendment.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/4/2015 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/5/2015 Referred to Finance, Governance & Ethics Committee
3/18/2015 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
3/19/2015 Passed

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ORDINANCE NO. 150156

 

Amending Section 2-2044, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Prohibited activities after leaving municipal service” to allow persons approved by the City Council to have appropriate contacts with City officials, officers and employees, during the first year a person serving in an executive or administrative capacity leaves City employment; and recognizing Robert Langenkamp’s service as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, as an appropriate application of this amendment.

 

WHEREAS, the City prohibits an elected official or employee serving in an executive or administrative capacity to lobby the City for 12 months following the end of the person’s City service; and

 

WHEREAS, there are many entities which work with the City to meet important public goals, such as economic development; and

 

WHEREAS, it is important that the City have available to it the fullest participation of such agency with the work of the City; and

 

WHEREAS, when an employee of the City is prevented from providing the full range of important information to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and other staff, during the first year of service to a partner agency of the City, the work of the City may be impeded; and

 

WHEREAS, an amendment to the Code of Ethics is necessary to recognize the unusual situations when an employee of the City leaves City employment to work for a partner entity; and

 

WHEREAS, to limit these situations to the few instances where a prohibition on providing opinions or recommendations to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and City staff would impair the effective and efficient governing of the City the City Council should approve each exception; and

 

WHEREAS, Robert Langenkamp will leave his service to the City as an Assistant City Manager and as the Director of City Planning to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, the City’s economic development efforts are not the sole function of City officials, officers and employees, but include the cooperation and efforts of other public agencies and entities, such as the EDC; and

WHEREAS, it would harm the economic development efforts of the City and not further the valid and appropriate goals of precluding immediate lobbying by former employees to preclude Mr. Langenkamp from being authorized to immediately fully engage with the Mayor and City Council, City Manager and City staff; NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That Section 2-2044, Code of Ordinances, is amended to read as follows, by adding a new exception (b)(3):

 

Sec. 2-2044. Prohibited activities after leaving municipal service

 

(a) Prohibition. No elected official, or employee of the city serving in an executive or administrative capacity, shall perform any service for any monetary or in-kind compensation during one year after termination of his or her office or employment by which performance he or she attempts to directly influence a decision of the city or any department or agency thereof.

 

(b) Exception. This section shall not be construed to prevent any person from:

 

(1) Performing such service and receiving compensation therefor in an adversary proceeding having a record or right of appeal or in the preparation or filing of any public document; or

 

(2) Submitting any bid and participating in any contract from a successful bid with the city for any goods or services which will be awarded to the lowest and best bidder; or

 

(3) If an employee of the City in an executive or administrative capacity, discussing issues or projects, informing about issues or projects, providing an opinion, or making a recommendation on issues, projects or policy, related to duties as a full-time employee of an agency contracting with the City to provide services that furthers the work of the City, and is specifically approved by the City Council.

 

Section 2. That the general one-year prohibition on lobbying the City’s officials, officers and staff is not appropriate for the employment of Robert Langenkamp as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Section 3. The employment of Robert Langenkamp as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri, is recognized as falling within exception (b)(3) of section 2-2044, Code of Ordinances.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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William Geary

City Attorney