Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics is an independent Charter created entity established by the 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."



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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the health of the public, participants, and board members, the Board of Ethics shall conduct a Special meeting remotely.  the Board of Ethics Office will be closed until further notice. Staff will be available by email and cell phone #313-775-0138.

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

The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2021, at 2:00.  


Proposed Meeting Dates for 2021

  • January 19th 
  • February 16th 
  • March 16th

  • April 20th

  • May 18th
  • June 15th 
  • July 20th
  • August 17th 
  • September 21th
  • October 19th
  • November 16th
  • December 21th


“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