Sept. 10, 2012
Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton
Mayor Greg Stanton announced today the formation of a city Ethics Review Ad Hoc Task Force as a part of his effort to bring more accountability, transparency and openness to City Hall.
Stanton’s city memo announced the task force, chaired by former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, and explained its duties and the members appointed.
“It has been more than a decade since the City of Phoenix has considered or evaluated its ethics rules and policies,” Stanton said. “It is essential to review these policies, learn where we are strong and understand where we can improve. Accountability and transparency are key to good city governance.”
Stanton created the task force as part of his promise to bring a culture of accountability, transparency and openness to Phoenix city government.
The task force will:
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s ethics standards with respect to receipt of gifts, familial conflicts, financial conflicts and professional conflicts.
- Make recommendations about documenting, implementing and enforcing ethics standards.
- Evaluate best practices and provide recommendations on how the City of
- Phoenix can best offer a continual review of its ethics standards.
The task force includes 11 members appointed by Mayor Stanton and will be staffed by the city’s law and human resources departments. The task force will meet at least once a month.
“I am honored to be selected as Chair by Mayor Stanton,” Romley said. “As the former Maricopa County Attorney, I have witnessed the problems that can occur when there is an ethical lapse in government. By clearly defining ethical expectations, the citizenry of Phoenix can be assured that their city government is working for them and their interests. It is through Mayor Stanton's proactive leadership that we will work with the community and the city to strengthen trust and transparency at the city of Phoenix.”
The first meeting of the Ethics Task Force will be Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Training Center at 140 N. Third Ave., Phoenix.