Section 5. Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

Council Members carry the responsibility of representing the City of Falls Church, and as such are held to certain ethical standards. State law dictates ethical considerations that government officials must abide by. 

State and Local Government Conflict of Interest Act

The State and Local Government Conflict of Interest Act regulates the behavior of public employees and officials to avoid conflicts of interest when conducting public business. It defines and prohibits inappropriate conflicts, requires disclosures of economic interests, and provides criminal penalties for violations of the Act. 

Under this law, Council Members, members of select public bodies, and certain city staff are required to disclose conflicts of interest on a yearly basis and receive COIA training bi-annually. The City Clerk's office will notify those subject to disclosure when these items must be addressed. Specific questions about conflicts of interest should be directed to the City Attorney's Office or the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

The full text of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interest Act can be found here.