Welcome to the official website of the New Orleans Ethics Review Board (“ERB”). This website contains news and information regarding the Ethics Review Board, including the Board’s members and staff, applicable ethics standards, ethics training programs, Board meeting schedule and agendas, and minutes of past Board meetings.
The Ethics Review Board is authorized by the Code of Ordinances for City of New Orleans to administer and enforce the provisions of the Code of Ethics of the City. The Code of Ethics was established to remind each public official and employee that individually and collectively, public officials and employees must adhere to high ethical standards not simply to avoid sanctions or criticism. It applies to all officials of the government of the city, whether elected or appointed; all employees, whether classified or unclassified; and all members and employees of all boards, agencies, commissions, advisory committees, public trusts, and public benefit corporations of the City. Any person may file a complaint concerning violations of the Code of Ethics with the Ethics Review Board.
The Ethics Review Board works cooperatively with the Office of Inspector General and the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, and receives periodic reports of findings and recommendations from those offices.
There are seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members were appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member was appointed by the mayor. Each appointment was subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the City Council.
The best way to communicate with the Board is by email, particularly if your purpose is to make a complaint against a city official or employee. The Board and its staff cannot advise potential complainants as to the merits of their potential complaints.
City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board
Telephone: (504) 975-3263