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."



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

The Board of Ethics Office will be closed until further notice.

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].         

The next regular meeting is scheduled for September 15th, at 2:00 pm.


Proposed Meeting Dates for 2021

  • January 19th - CANCELED
  • February 16th - CANCELED
  • March 16th

Meeting dates have been changed to the 3rd Wednesday. The dates and locations are listed below.

  • Wednesday, April 21st - Virtual

  • Wednesday, May 19th - Virtual - CANCELED
  • Wednesday, June 16th - Virtual
  • Wednesday, July 21st - CANCELED
  • Wednesday, August 18th  - In Person
  • Wednesday, September 15th - Virtual
  • Wednesday, October 20th - Virtual
  • Wednesday, November 17th - Virtual
  • Wednesday, December 15th - Virtual


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