Santa Monica Council to Adopt Anti-Nepotism Policy Next Week


November 11, 2021

Santa Monica City Councilmembers will no longer consider appointing family members to city boards, commissions or task forces.

The City Council is expected to approve at its upcoming Tuesday meeting an anti-nepotism policy which would ban councilmembers from appointing close family members to city panels.

According to the new policy, “a person is ineligible to serve on all city boards, commissions, committees, and task forces if that person is a close family relative of a current Councilmember. The term “relative” means wife, husband, registered domestic partner, son, daughter, mother, father, brother or sister.”

The proposed policy, which would take effect immediately after passage, was originally discussed in May at the request Mayor Sue Himmelrich and Councilmember Phil Brock, who stressed the need to eliminate any perception of nepotism in city appointments.

The new policy also clarifies language in the Resolution Establishing Policies for City Boards, Commissions, Committees, Task Forces, and Regional Advisory Boards, city staff said.


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