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Who's Who

Here are the City offices responsible for promoting ethics and integrity in City government and City contracting

Chief Integrity Officer

Under Executive Order 02-08, Mayor Nutter created the position of Chief Integrity Officer (CIO), and charged the CIO with promoting honesty, integrity, and transparency in City contracting, disposition or use of City property, and provision of City services. Specifically, the CIO:

  • Reviews and monitors advertising, consideration, and award of City contracts, disposition and use of City property, and provision of City services
  • Makes recommendations for reform of City processes where necessary to strengthen accountability and transparency
  • Investigates complaints of unethical conduct in City contracting, disposition or use of City property, or provision of City services.
  • Informally advises City officials, employees, boards/commissions members, and vendors about ethics and integrity issues, especially those related to contracts and the executive orders.
  • Communicates the administration’s policies to the City’s workforce and to the public through e-mails, newspaper articles, personal appearances, and this web page
  • Implemented the ARRA Control and Compliance program with the City’s Recovery Officer and Inspector General

Hope Caldwell is the City’s Chief Integrity Officer. Stephanie Tipton is the Deputy Chief Integrity Officer. To contact her or report a concern, call 215-686-2178 or email integrity@phila.gov.  If you wish, the CIO can keep your identity confidential.

Board of Ethics

The independent five-member Philadelphia Board of Ethics provides ethics training for all City employees and enforces all City Charter provisions concerning ethics, as well as the City Ethics Code.  The Board reviews matters concerning conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, standards of governmental conduct, campaign finance, and prohibited political activities. The Board has authority to render formal advice, investigate complaints, and issue fines. It publishes its advice to guide City employees and others in applying ethics rules to particular situations.

The Executive Director of the Board of Ethics is Shane Creamer.  To contact the Board of Ethics, call 215-686-9450 or visit the Board of Ethics web site. On this site, you can:

  • Learn more about ethics laws and regulations
  • Review the Board’s advice
  • Get answers to Gift and Campaign Donation Limits FAQs
  • Ask for advice
  • Report a concern -- if you wish, the Board of Ethics can keep your identity confidential

Inspector General

The Philadelphia Inspector General is the watchdog for the taxpayers of the City, rooting out corruption, fraud, misconduct, waste and mismanagement. The Inspector General and her staff investigate suspected fraud, corruption, waste, and misconduct in all departments, agencies, commissions and boards under the Mayor's jurisdiction, as well as of individuals or companies who receive City funds or otherwise do business with the City. The Inspector General also provides investigative expertise to any agency or authority requesting assistance, and supervises the integrity officers in each City department and agency, who conduct investigations of administrative integrity-related complaints. Where the Inspector General finds wrongdoing, the matter may be referred for criminal prosecution or for administrative action.

Amy Kurland is the City’s Inspector General. To contact the Inspector General, call 215-686-1770 or visit the Inspector General’s web site, where you can report wrongdoing and read about specific matters investigated by the Inspector General. If you wish, the Inspector General can keep your identity confidential.

Procurement Department

The Procurement Department, an executive agency under the Mayor’s authority, is the central purchasing and materials management agency for the City. It is responsible for managing competitively-bid contracts, acquiring supplies, equipment, services, and construction at the best price for the City while ensuring a fair and open procurement process.
To visit the Procurement Department website go to www.phila.gov/bids.

Finance Department

The duties of the Finance Department, an executive agency under the Mayor’s authority, include operating eContract Philly, the City’s website for procurement of non-competitively bid contracts, including those for professional services.

The  Contracting Unit of the Finance Department ensures that the requirements of Chapter 17-1400 of the City Code are met, to eliminate real and perceived favoritism in the award of the City’s professional services contracts. You can learn more by visiting eContract Philly.

 

Controller

The City Controller is an elected officer of the City of Philadelphia. The City Charter charges the Controller with auditing the operations of every City office, department, board, and commission and with reviewing, for approval or disapproval, all City disbursements. The Controller makes recommendations to improve the efficiency and economy of City operations, and to minimize opportunities for fraud and waste. The Controller is independent of the Mayor and City Council, whose operations he audits, along with those of other City offices, departments, boards, and commissions.

Alan Butkovitz is the City’s Controller. To contact the Controller’s Office, call 215-686-6680 or visit the Controller’s website.