The Board of Ethics is an independent Charter created entity established by 1997 City Charter.  The Ethics Ordinance was enacted by the City Council in 2000 and established disclosure requirements and standards of conduct applicable to all City of Detroit Public Servants.  The Board is charged with the responsibility for the implementation and administration of the Ordinance, which includes receiving complaint alleging violations of the Ordinance and issuing Advisory Opinions.

The Board of Ethics role is to investigate and resolve complaints regarding alleged violations of the Ethics Ordinance by public servants, and to issue advisory opinions regarding the meaning and application of provisions of the Charter, City Ordinances, other laws, or regulations establishing standards of conduct for public servants.

Advisory opinions are rendered upon written request by a public servant. Advisory opinions are published by the Board annually in a report to the Mayor and City Council. The Board is charged with monitoring and recommending improvements in the disclosure requirements, and in the standards of conduct under the Ethics Ordinance, in order "to promote an ethical environment within City government, and to ensure the ethical behavior of public servants."

 All meetings of the Board are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm, unless otherwise posted. Meetings are open to the public unless an individual involved in the matter to be addressed requests in writing that the meeting be closed or unless otherwise provided by Ordinance or by statue. Meeting schedules and notices are posted on the 1st, 12th and 13th floors of the CAYMC building. 

The next General Meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Office (formerly the Human Rights Office) Conference Room, Room 1240, unless noted otherwise. 

Special Meetings will be held on the following dates:Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. February 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. February 24, 2017  at    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. These Special Meeting will be held in the Labor Relations Conference Room, Room 302, 3rd Floor Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Michigan, 48226. The purpose of the Special Meetings are to continue the hiring process to fill the vacancy of a staff position, Executive Director of the Board of Ethics.  

The 2017 Meeting Schedule dates are as follows:

February 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

April 20, 2017

May 18, 2017

June 15, 2017

July 20, 2017

August 17, 2017

September 21, 2017

October 19, 2017

November 16, 2017

December 21, 2017

What Public Servants Need to Know About the Ethics Ordinance
Standards of Conduct for City of Detroit Public Servants
Disclosure Requirements for City of Detroit Public Servants

Key Terms - Definitions


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