Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke issued his first executive order today to update the city's code of ethics policy.
In a news release, the mayor's office announced that the executive order will clarify employees obligation to report any known wrongdoing and employee contracts are now required to have an added ethics provision.
“I feel strongly, as does our community, that city employees must always make decisions in the best interest of our citizens. This executive order is a strong signal that any partial or conflicted behavior will not be tolerated in my administration,” Berke said in a prepared statement.
The Executive Order goes into effect immediately. Changes to the City Ordinance will be presented to City Council on Feb.11, 2014.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...