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Board of Ethics

Panels of five selected from the nine-member Board of Ethics convene, as needed, to hear complaints filed under the thirteen prohibited behaviors of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, for example, Use of Official Title or Position for Personal Gain Prohibited and Use of City Resources for Non-City Purposes Prohibited. The Board also annually reviews the effectiveness of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for recommendation to the City Council.

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of month in the Art Pick Council Chamber. Up to ten hours per month commitment. For more information, contact Colleen J. Nicol at (951) 826- 5557 or cnicol@riversideca.gov.

On April 5, 2016, the City Council concluded a year-long effort with passage of Ordinance No. 7328 (Riverside Municipal Code Chapter 2.78) adopting a new Code of Ethics and Conduct.

During the writing, ad-hoc citizen committee discussion, and adoption of the new Code of Ethics and Conduct, the City Council stayed the ethics complaint process.  The stay on filing of Code of Ethics Complaints imposed by the City Council on September 23, 2014, expired on September 1, 2016. 

Complaints arising from facts occurring prior to May 5, 2016, will be heard by the Board of Ethics pursuant to the provisions of the prior Code of Ethics and Conduct (Resolution No. 22461).  To request a complaint form for events that occurred prior to May 5, 2016, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (951) 826-5557.

Complaints arising from facts occurring on or after May 5, 2016, will be heard by the Board of Ethics pursuant to the provisions of the new Code of Ethics and Conduct (Ordinance No. 7328, codified at Riverside Municipal Code Chapter 2.78).

The new Code of Ethics and Conduct, the legislation creating the Board of Ethics, a step-by-step explanation of the hearing process, the complaint form, an appeal form, and the Code of Ethics and Conduct Guide are available at the links below.  For further information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 951-826-5557, or city_clerk@riversideca.gov

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