Council Creed of Behavior

City Council re-adopted a Creed of Behavior in 2022 by the passing of Resolution No. 03, Series of 2022, and reaffirmed the Creed in January 2024.

By the Greenwood Village City Council
2020

Councilmembers should show respect for each other at all times. Disagreement and debate is positive and expected. An effective Council is composed of members who are able to agree to disagree and Councilmembers should not take things personally or make things personal.  

Councilmembers should keep an open mind, and listen without prejudgment to the concerns of other Councilmembers before making a decision.  

Councilmembers should understand that the value of a Council is the collective wisdom of the group. Collaboration is powerful. The group as a whole will always make better decisions than any one Councilmember.

City staff will follow the direction of the City Council not the direction of an individual Councilmember.

The Council is responsible for making policy. The staff is responsible for implementing policy.  Councilmembers and staff should understand the difference between making policy and implementing policy.

After a decision is made, Councilmembers should accept it and move on.

During Council meetings, Councilmembers should only speak after the Mayor recognizes the Councilmember. A Councilmember should not interrupt a speaker except if the question is a point of order and addressed to the Mayor, not the speaker.

Councilmembers should keep things in perspective. We honor our small role when we do what’s right and help make our community a better place. Councilmembers should act with humility and remember that we are here to serve the people.

A Councilmember should enjoy the job and should contribute to the enjoyment by other Councilmembers.

By the Greenwood Village City Council
2020

The Mayor should fulfill all the Duties of the Office of Mayor as listed in the City Charter, especially noting that the Charter requires the Mayor to perform certain functions by the use of the word “shall”.

As the presiding officer of the City Council, the Mayor needs to focus discussions during meetings on the matter at hand and not let discussions stray or be prolonged. An effective Mayor will be able to balance the need for efficiency with the need for a full debate.

An effective Mayor will ensure that all parties in a discussion are fairly heard.

A Mayor will recognize that the power and value of a City Council is the collective wisdom of the group as a whole and not from any one individual Councilmember.  A Mayor should work with all Councilmembers evenhandedly.

While the Charter grants the Mayor the right to participate in discussions and debate with the Council, a wise Mayor will be judicious in the exercise of such rights. Impartiality will help a Mayor guide the Council towards compromise and consensus when difficult issues are discussed.

A Mayor will treat everyone with respect at all times and will expect that other city officials to do likewise.

A Mayor will be open-minded and not pre-judge issues and will encourage other city officials to do the same.

A Mayor and the City Manager should have a strong working relationship built on trust and open communications.  A Mayor should be honest and forthright with the City Manager and should expect the same treatment from the City Manager.

A Mayor should lead the Council to focus on policy issues and avoid becoming involved in operations.