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City Ethics Board office opens

 


The City of Pittsburgh this week opened its first Ethics Hearing Board office, which will hear complaints about alleged ethics violations and educate city employees on ethical conduct. 

The office opening follows the first public meeting in several years by a revamped, nine-member Ethics Hearing Board comprised of members nominated by legal and civic organizations citywide.

The new home for the Ethics Hearing Board is in room 328 of the City-County Building within the offices of the City Law Department. It is staffed by Executive Manager Linda A. King, a 1987 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law who was in private practice as a general litigator for 29 years.

The reestablishment of the Board follows revamped ethics legislation approved by Mayor William Peduto in October 2015, and drafted by Solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge. The new board was recommended by Mayor Peduto’s Law & Ethics Transition Team. 

The revamped Ethics Code promotes public confidence in the proper operation of local government, and mandates the independent, impartial and responsible conduct of public officials and city employees.

By requiring compliance, the provisions of the code prevent conflicts of interest that interfere with a public servant’s duties and the use of public office for financial gain. The board will receive complaints regarding violations of the Ethics Code; investigate such complaints; adjudicate and issue orders in accordance with the code; and give advice on the application of the provisions of the code. The board will also conduct educational programs to promote ethical conduct of Pittsburgh public officials and employees. 

Anyone who suspects an employee, former employee, vendor or anyone seeking to do business with the city has violated the city’s Ethics Code – or wishes to obtain advice about ethical conduct – can contact the Ethics Hearing Board in the following ways: 

Calling Executive Manager Linda A. King at 412-255-8882; sending an email to linda.king@pittsburghpa.gov; or, visiting the Board’s website at: http://pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/group?id=28.

 

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