The Board of Ethics gives advice to officials and employees on how the city's ethical standards apply to them. Advice may be given in writing, by telephone, or in person.
Formal Advisory Opinions
The Board of Ethics issues formal, written opinions to any official or employee who is personally involved in a matter requiring interpretation of the ethics code. The request must be in writing, provide specific facts, and seek guidance on future conduct or actions. Persons who fully disclose all relevant facts may rely on the board's formal opinions for guidance, and compliance with the opinion serves as mitigation in any proceeding brought against the individual for violating the ethics code.
In addition, the Board issues formal opinions that interpret and clarify the law. The code does not provide for waivers of formal advisory opinions. To download any board opinion, go to the Formal Advisory Opinions webpage at the Atlanta Ethics Website.
Informal Advisory Letters
The ethics officer renders informal advisory letters. The request must be in writing, provide all relevant facts, and state a specific question. Informal advisory letters generally are issued within 30 days.
The Ethics Office gives informal advice by email, telephone, and in person. The Ethics Office generally responds to telephone requests for advice within one business day and to email requests for written advice within seven days.
Outside Employment Requests
The Code of Ethics gives the Board responsibility for approving any outside employment of persons who work as department heads, deputy department heads, and bureau directors. The request must be in writing and state the type of employment, employer’s name and address, and proposed work hours.
To seek advice, persons may contact the Ethics Office in any of the following ways:
Mail: 68 Mitchell St., SW, Suite 12130, Atlanta, Georgia 30303