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 a 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."

Beginning January 2018, all meetings of the Board will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pmunless posted otherwise. 

Meetings are open to the public unless an individual involved in the matter to be addressed requests in writing that the meeting is closed or unless otherwise provided by Ordinance or by the statue. Meeting schedules and notices are posted on the 1st, and 13th floors of the CAYMC building, the Butzel Family Center, Public Libraries, City Clerk's Office & Recreational Centers. 

The next General Meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Board of Ethics Conference Room.

The Board of Ethics Office is relocated at the Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Suite #213, Detroit, MI 48214. Office hours are 10:00 am - 6:30 pm. Special appointment times can be arranged by contacting the Board of Ethics Office.

For questions regarding the Board of Ethics contact our office at 313-224-9521 or BoardofEthics@detroitmi.gov 

2018 General Meeting Schedule:

January 16th

February 20th

March 20th

April 17th

May 15th

June 19th

July 17th

August 21st

September 18th

October 16th

November 20th

December 18th


Standards of Conduct for City of Detroit Public Servants

Disclosure Requirements for City of Detroit Public Servants

Key Terms - Definitions


Michigan Open Meeting Acts Handbook

Ethics Ordinance Presentation 2018

City of Detroit Charter (2012)

Board of Ethics Advisory Opinions

Board of Ethics Resolution of Admonition