What we do
The Office of the Chief Integrity Officer was established in 2008. It plays a critical role in City government. Throughout the executive and administrative branch, the office promotes:
In this role, our office:
- Ensures the City’s day-to-day operations are conducted openly, fairly, and on a level playing field.
- Creates and supports a compliance program to proactively identify and prevent wrongdoing.
- Provides individualized and confidential guidance on City ethics laws and policies, including the mayor’s executive order on gifts.
- Offers ethics education through training and communications.
- Improves the transparency of and accessibility to City information and open data.
Ethics rules may change to reflect advances in technology or best practices. Maintaining a strong culture of ethics is a bedrock of the Chief Integrity Office and the mayor’s administration. Taxpayers deserve no less.
Sarah E. Stevenson was appointed Chief Integrity Officer in March 2020.
Sarah began her career with the City of Philadelphia in 2009 as a lawyer for the Water Department (PWD). Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Sarah held a number of positions with increasing responsibility at PWD, including Acting Water Commissioner in 2019. Sarah also served as PWD’s Integrity Officer for several years.
Prior to joining the City, Sarah worked for the good government non-profit Committee of Seventy, where she focused on municipal policy and election law. Sarah received her law and master’s degrees (public administration) from Villanova University and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New York.
Krystle Baker currently serves as the deputy chief integrity officer for the City of Philadelphia. Prior to this, Krystle served in several roles as an attorney investigator with the City of Philadelphia Office of Inspector General. During that time, she specialized in contract fraud, complex investigations, and compliance related issues.
Krystle received her undergraduate degree in political science from Temple University and law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. She holds bar admissions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).