February 18, 2022 •
Cincinnati Adopts Ethics Policies and Establishes Department
The Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously to approve the first-ever code of conduct for council members and their staff.
All council members and their staff must sign a copy of the code of conduct and file it with the clerk.
Future council members and staff must sign the document within 45 days of taking office or starting the job.
Mayor Aftab Pureval was also required to create and sign a code of conduct, which he signed and released after the council vote.
It is nearly identical to the council version except the provisions regarding the city’s economic development.
The Office of City Solicitor chose Chris Liu, Chief Hearing Examiner, to be the city’s first head of the new Ethics and Good Government Division.
Two staff members have also been hired for the division, which is working to implement a new hotline for reporting ethics and fraud violations and to expand online resources for viewing campaign contributions.
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