Minneapolis Ethical Practices Board

The Minneapolis Ethical Practices Board was created by an ordinance adopting the Minneapolis Ethics Code in 2003. The Ethics Code was adopted to promote high ethical standards and conduct, and to foster a healthy ethical culture throughout Minneapolis city government.  The board shall investigate allegations of improper conduct of a department head, an elected official, or officials appointed by the Mayor or City Council to boards, commissions and similar agencies and shall have the power to recommend discipline for violations of the Ethics Code.  The Board may recommend changes to the provisions or administration of the Ethics Code and give opinions on interpretation of the Code.  The Board shall prepare and submit an annual report to the Mayor and City Council detailing the ethics activities of the Board and the City regarding the prior year.


Seats 1 and 3: Three-year terms beginning January 3, 2021 and ending January 2, 2024.

Deadline: Applications will be received until November 30, 2020.


No member of the Ethical Practices Board may be a local official or City employee; the related person of a local official or City employee; a candidate for elected public office; a person who, for compensation, represents the private interests of others before the City Council or Mayor; or a paid campaign worker or political consultant of a current local official.

Applicants must be City residents.  The residency requirement may be waived for an officer or director of an organization that pays property taxes to the City of Minneapolis.

Note: These positions are appointed by the Appointing Committee comprised of the Chief Judge of Hennepin County District Court, Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, and Dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Application Instructions

Complete the Application Form (pdf) and the Voluntary Demographic Questionnaire (pdf).

Send completed forms to Open appointments, or by fax: 612-673-3812, or:

City Clerk Appointments
Room 304, 350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382

You can apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you'd like application materials to be sent.


Managing Attorney and Ethics Officer: Susan Trammell, 612-673-3230
City Clerk Contact: Open appointments, 612-673-2216

Selection Process

Applications are forwarded from the City Clerk to the Appointing Committee for their consideration.  Board members shall be either residents of the City of Minneapolis or an officer or director of a business or organization that pays property taxes to the City of Minneapolis.  The Appointing Committee will forward the names of the finalist(s) to the Mayor and City Council for comment.  The City Council will schedule a public hearing to solicit public input on the finalist(s).  The Appointing Committee shall make the final decision on the appointments.  Appointments will be received and filed through the Committee of the Whole.

Additional Information

Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of odd numbered months in Room 321 City Hall at 3:00 p.m. Occasionally special meeting are scheduled to accommodate the hearing of complaints. There is no compensation for attending the meetings.  The board meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities.

All members shall serve until their successors have been appointed and qualified.  The Appointing Committee may remove a board member for cause at any time during the board member’s term of office.

Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact the Office of City Clerk at 612-673-2216 or [email protected]. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

Last updated Nov 4, 2020



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