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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.
A Special Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Human Rights Office Conference Room, Room 1240, unless noted otherwise. The next Monthly Meeting is scheduled for December 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Human Rights Office Conference Room, Room 1240, unless noted otherwise.
The 2017 Meeting Schedule will be posted when available.
• DETROIT ETHICS ORDINANCE 2012
• A Citizen Guide for When to Contact the Board of Ethics
• 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
Click here to see: Board of Ethics Advisory Opinions