The Ethics and Accountability Board is an independent body appointed in accordance with the city charter. The board is tasked with appointing an Ombudsperson to receive complaints, concerns, reports and issues from the public and public servants against public servants and city agencies for failure to adequately perform services as is required by the City of Flint Charter, ordinances, regulations and policies; and for dereliction of duty and/or misconduct in office by public servants. The board has the power to hold investigative hearings and inquiries regarding any allegations of violations of the City Charter. The board can then issue advisory opinions, public reports or recommend for remedial actions to the appropriate governmental or judicial unit including pursuit of recommendations for legal remedies.
The Ethics and Accountability Board consists of eleven members appointed as follows: the Mayor appoints two at large members and each Councilperson appoints one resident of their ward. Appointments are subject to the approval of Council. A public hearing is held prior to Council voting to approve appointees. All appointees who at any time during their board membership are to be city residents, a resident of the ward from which they are appointed and not elective officers, appointees, volunteers or employees of the city. No member will receive financial compensation for serving as a member of the Ethics and Accountability Board. Members may serve for two terms of six (6) years. Such terms shall be staggered.
The initial appointments will be made as follows:
1. One member at large appointed by the mayor and one member from wards 1, 3 and 9 appointed by the City Council member to an initial six-year term;
2. One member from wards 2, 6 and 8 to an initial four-year term;
3. One member at large appointed by the mayor and one member from wards 4, 5 and 7 to an initial two year term.
Members of the Ethics and Accountability Board are subject to removal for cause. In the event of a vacancy on the Ethics and Accountability Board, the appointing authority shall appoint a replacement for the remainder of the
More on the roles of the Ethics and Accountability Board and the Ombudsperson can be found in Section 3-501 of the City Charter.