Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics is an independent Charter-created entity established by the 1997 City Charter.  The City Council enacted the Ethics Ordinance 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 implementing and administering 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 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."


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the board of Ethics shall conduct meetings in a hybrid format to protect the public, participants, and board members' health.


Staff will be available by email or through our website, and cell phone #313-775-0138.

Please forward any documents, Complaints, or Requests for Advisory Opinions to [email protected].         


2022 Meeting Schedule (All meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the location listed below).

January 19, 2022 - Hybrid, Butzel Family Center

February 16, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

March 16, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

April 20, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

May 18, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

June 15, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

July 20, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

August 17, 2022 - Hybrid, Kemeny Recreation Center

September 21, 2022 - Hybrid, Butzel Family Center

October 19, 2022 - Hybrid, Butzel Family Center

November 16, 2022 - Hybrid, Butzel Family Center

December 21, 2022 -Hybrid, Butzel Family Center


To attend virtual meetings, use the link below or see the Notice of Meeting.


“With advance notice of seven calendar days, the City of Detroit will provide interpreter services at public meetings, including language translation and reasonable ADA accommodations. Please contact the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department at (313) 224-4950, through the TTY number 711, or email [email protected] to schedule these services.”

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem