»What are the duties of the Ethics Board?
Responsibilities and Goals 

The Ethics Board is responsible for enforcing and interpreting the Ethics Code, Chapter 9 of the Milwaukee County General Ordinances, and the Lobbying Code, Chapter 14 of the Milwaukee County General Ordinances.

The Milwaukee County Ethics Board was created in 1975 with a declaration of policy that the proper operation of democratic government requires that public officials and employees be independent, impartial, and responsible to the people; that government decisions and policy be made in the best interests of the people, the community and government; that public office not be used for personal gain; and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government. In recognition of these goals, the Ethics Code was created.



In order to achieve these goals of maintaining high ethical standards, the Ethics Board has the following primary duties:

  • Issue confidential advisory opinions to covered persons with respect to their own situation or plans.
  • Investigate sworn complaints. The Ethics Board provides a formal process for filing complaints.
  • Require the filing of annual financial statements. The Board reviews a simple form which asks for information on the issues that could give rise to conflicts of interest. No detailed financial disclosure is required. The individuals required to file such statements are determined by respective department administrators according to ordinance requirements and may be subject to review by the Ethics Board.

The Ethics Code applies to all Milwaukee County employees and public officials – not just elective officials. The Ethics Code covers office holders, candidates for public office, classified employees, exempt employees, appointees to boards and commissions, and vendors doing business with Milwaukee County.


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