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In my private life, I’m involved as an unpaid volunteer with a community or charitable organization that has a matter before the City

If your involvement in the organization is unpaid, it isn’t likely to present a financial conflict of interest. The City Ethics Code, however, likely applies to your situation. Section 20-602 of the Code restricts City officials and employees from representing others – including community or charitable organizations, and even if you’re not paid to do so -- in matters involving the City. You cannot get around this by writing a “disclose and disqualify” letter because that applies only to financial conflicts of interest. Although Section 20-602 contains a few, very limited exceptions that allow a City employee or official to represent another person before the City, these exceptions do not apply to this situation. While you do not have to resign from the organization, you may not intercede on behalf of the organization with the City.

If you have any question about your particular situation, please contact the Ethics Board. http://www.phila.gov/ethicsboard/aboutus/Pages/advice.aspx

How Do I Handle...

IntegrityWorks offers guidance for commonly-occurring situations. These are not the only situations in which ethics rules would apply; they are simply the most common ones. Other guidance may be added to this site as situations warrant.

These are general guidelines. Because each situation presents its own set of facts, this general guidance isn’t advice on which you can legally rely. If you want to be absolutely sure that your conduct complies with applicable ethics laws, you should seek advice before taking action.