Jacksonville has a very strong commitment to ethics in city government.
Ethics is defined as the study of the general nature of morals and moral choices to be made by the individual in his or her relationships with others. Ethics is more than the avoidance of criminal behavior. It is a commitment for public servants to take individual responsibility in creating a government that has the trust and respect of its citizens.
In 1999, the Jacksonville City Council enacted a comprehensive Ethics Code for the city. The Code assembled ethics-related ordinances into one location within the Jacksonville Ordinance Code and established aspirational goals for the conduct of city employees.
Jacksonville's Ethics Program is innovative. Instead of just emphasizing laws, it attempts to train all city employees in the values behind the rules and regulations. Training for elected officials is organized through the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight with the assistance of the Office of General Counsel. In addition, every department has a Department Ethics Officer who reports to the city's Ethics Officer(s) and assists with the ongoing training of all city employees.
The Ethics Coordination Council
City of Jacksonville, Florida
First Citywide Ethics Plan
The Ethics Coordination Council is made up of ethics representatives from the Independent Authorities, Constitutional Officers, the Executive and Legislative branches and the Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight, which coordinates its activities. The first citywide ethics plan, required by the Ethics Code, can be viewed at:
2013 First Citywide Ethics Plan
Attachment 1: The Survey
Attachment 2: Tax Collector’s Ethics Manual
Attachment 3: Property Appraiser’s Ethics Policy
Powerpoint (Ethics Risk Assessment)
Powerpoint (National Ethics Program standards)
Free Course on Jacksonville City Government
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Hotline: (904) 630-1015
For more information on the hotline, go to Ethics Hotline and Whistleblower Protection
For Hotline Inquiries, please note, under the Hotline procedures, persons investigating or working on cases cannot confirm or deny the existence of an on-going case or discuss any details of the case outside of what is authorized in the hotline procedures.
Presentation to the Charter Revision Commission (September 2009)
Information on Public Records
Neighborhood Bill of Rights
ECO Office Budget 2013-2014
'State' of Ethics Report: A Summary of Florida and U.S. Cities Ethics Programs (July 2010)
For more information about the city's Ethics Program, please contact us.
Carla Miller, Director
Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight
Jacksonville Ethics Commission
117 W. Duval Street, Suite 450
Jacksonville, FL 32202