In 2005, as the City Council was working on creating a strategic direction with city staff, the Council brainstormed a series of value statements that they wanted the city organization to adhere to. After further discussing these statements and pairing them down to a select few they drafted values definitions. Those agreed upon values are shown below:
Integrity: Being worthy of the public's trust in all things. We deal honestly and respectfully with each other and the public at all times.
Innovation: Valuing progressive thinking, creativity, flexibility and adaptability in service delivery.
Accountability: Taking personal responsibility for our actions or inaction while putting the interest of the taxpayer first.
Commitment to Excellence: Behaving responsively in our delivery of service to the public. Our work is characterized by its quality and by the diligence with which it is carried out. We proactively seek to solve problems in advance.
Teamwork: Recognizing the importance of working together to meet our citizen's needs, communicating clearly sharing resources and information freely.
Since these values were adopted, they have become the banner statement for what is expected of our City Council members, city employees, as well as all other city volunteers.