Providence Ethics Commission Mission
The Providence Ethics Commission is comprised of Mayoral and City Council appointees, with the Chairperson appointed by majority vote of the other Commissioners. The primary duties and powers of the Commission are to render advisory opinions, investigate allegations of violations of the Providence Code of Ethics, and work in collaboration with the Municipal Integrity Officer to provide education, training, and guidance to employees and officials with respect to their ethical obligations. The Commission is also required to promulgate rules and regulations as necessary to carry out the provisions of the ordinance, with advice from the Solicitor’s office and consent from the City Council – Section 17-33(i)(2)(e).
To act on the goals of our mission, members of the Providence Ethics Commission will collaborate in working groups on two initiatives.
Policy and Procedures
The ongoing review of ethics policies, procedures, legislation and related items, including the Providence Ethics Ordinance, in support of the Commission’s mission to improve ethical standards within the City of Providence.
Communications and Outreach
The ongoing effort to inform and engage the public in the work of the Providence Ethics Commission; and to ensure that anyone who is subject to the City ethics code is adequately educated about the Providence Code of Ethics and the Rhode Island Code of Ethics.
The working groups collaborate to advance our efforts between commission meetings. Their work results in agenda items for public review, discussion and vote by the full commission.