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Ethics Advisory Commission​
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On June 28, 2000 the Dallas City Council passed ordinance No. 24316 which established in Chapter 12A of the Dallas City Code a new code of ethics for all city officials and employees.

This new code of ethics states that its purpose is to provide principles of conduct for elected and appointed city officials and to revise the ethics laws governing current and former officials and employees of the city. Additionally, its purpose is t​o provide regulations, restrictions and prohibitions relating to improper economic benefits, unfair advancement of private interests, gifts, confidential government information, outside employment, and use of public property and resources. It also regulates political activities of city officials and employees, provides restrictions on contracting with the city and representing private interests of others before the city, provides requirements for certain city officials and employees to file financial disclosure reports and travel reports. The creation​ of the “CODE OF ETHICS” also provides for the creation, membership, qualifications, jurisdiction and powers of the Ethics Advisory Commission (EAC), which is currently comprised of a seven-member group.

T​he City of Dallas has made a commitment to the people of this city that their government will conduct itself with integrity and honesty. The City Council has established minimum standards of conduct for all officers and employees, and with all who provide services to the city.

The Ethics Advisory Commission is a forum for all people to report any perceived breach of that standard to a non-partisan panel of private citizens, who are charged with a duty to allow complaining citizens or groups a forum for their concerns. As much as possible, the EAC follows a procedure that allows any person to step forward and voice their complaints or concerns. The process, established by Chapter 12A, balances a minimum of legal procedures with a fair amount of due process for all concerned. In addition, the City Secretary's office has trained and highly qualified staff willing to assist the public.

It is our hope that this website will introduce the Commission and its functions to the public.

​The EAC has jurisdiction over violations of City Code Chapter 12A that are filed with the EAC. The City Auditor's Fraud Hotline is for waste and fraud complaints.

Authority: City Code, Section 12A-24

Amendments to Ch. 12A, effective July 1, 2017, Ordinance 30391

Members: 7 members appointed by the full City Council

Each member shall meet the requirements of Chapter 8 of the City Code, except as specially provided otherwise in this article. Additionally, no member of the commission may be: (1) a city official or the spouse or domestic partner of a city official; (2) a city employee or the spouse or domestic partner of a city employee; (3) an elected public official; (4) a candidate for elected public office; (5) a person who, for compensation, represents the private interests of others before the city council; or (6) a paid campaign worker or a political consultant of a current city council member. 

The City Council shall appoint and reappoint members to the ethics advisory commission in a manner that will provide the commission with a mix of both existing members and new members.

Officers: Mayor appoints the chair; full City Council appoints the vice-chair

Mission: (Revised 12/8/21 by Ordinance No. 32072)
​(1) To establish, amend, and rescind rules and procedures governing its own internal organization
        and operations in a manner and form consistent with this article.
(2) To meet as often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities.
(3) To request from the city manager through the city council the appointment of such staff as is necessary to
        carry out the duties of the commission.
(4) To review and dispose of complaints brought by the inspector general.
(5) To make findings of fact as necessary for the disposition of a complaint.
(6) Approve, reject, or modify settlement agreements between the inspector general and persons that are the
       subject of a complaint.
(7) To make notifications and extend deadlines within the jurisdiction of the ethics advisory commission.
(8) To advise and make recommendations to the city council concerning the city's ethics code and ethics
(9) To make determinations that complaints are  vexatious, make findings of facts, and sanction persons who
        are deemed vexatious complaints.
(7) Such other powers as are specifically granted in this chapter or by the city council.

The commission meets quarterly. Meetings usually last two hours. The commission may adjust monthly meetings to accommodate scheduled panel and commission hearings. Based upon hearing schedule, a member may expect to devote about four hours a month to commission service.

View a list Commission members.

Staff support:
City Secretary's Office 214-670-3738
Bilierae Johnson, City Secretary 214-670-5654
Miroslava Martinez, Assistant City Secretary 214-670-3809
Dawna Brown, Ethics Advisory Commission Coordinator 214-670-3741
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