How to Seek Advice

»Who responds to Ethics Code inquiries?

General Inquiries 
The Ethics Board and staff are available and accessible to answer questions and provide advice about the Ethics Code.  County officials and employees are encouraged to contact the Ethics Board and/or staff with any questions or concerns that they may have. 

The Ethics Board and staff may be contacted at: 

Milwaukee County Ethics Board
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N. 9th Street, Room 212
Milwaukee, WI  53233
Phone:  (414) 278-5332
Fax:  (414) 223-1897

Advisory Opinions 

In addition, requests for advisory opinions may be made to the Ethics Board regarding the propriety of matters regarding the Ethics Code.  (M.C.G.O. § 9.09(1)(a)).  All requests for advisory opinions must be made in writing and contain the following information:

  • The name/s of the person or persons on whose behalf the opinion is being requested.

  • Each question upon which an opinion is sought.

  • All of the facts giving rise to the question.

  • Relevant Ethics Code provisions or other law, if known.

Advisory opinions are not “public records” and shall be kept confidential, except that the Ethics Board may publish summaries of advisory opinions with all personally identifiable information removed.

Formal Opinions 

The Ethics Board may also issue formal opinions interpreting the Ethics Code or applying the Ethics Code to hypothetical facts to address issues of universal concern. Formal opinions will be kept on file with the Ethics Board. (M.C.G.O. § 9.09(2)).


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