About Us

The Ethics Department is an independent city agency that works to ensure honesty, integrity, accountability, and trust in city government through enforcing the city’s ethical standards.

Headed by the Ethics Officer, the Department is responsible for bringing the City into compliance with the Code of Ethics and instilling a culture of ethics within city government.  It educates and advises city officials, employees, board members, and citizens about conflicts of interest and gift rules; investigates ethics complaints and brings enforcement actions for violations of the Ethics Code; and administers the financial disclosure program.

The Ethics Officer reports to the seven-member Board of Ethics, which is composed of city residents selected by business, civic, educational, and legal organizations.