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Ethics, Board of

[Record group 60-105-1]
Agency Function
When it was established, the Board of Ethics was charged with "rendering advisory opinions to officers and employees with respect to ethical standards in the municipal service. . .; and making recommendations to the Mayor and to the Council directed to improvement in ethical standards in the City service or to organization and procedure related to administration and enforcement of such standards."

Agency History
The genesis of the Board of Ethics may be found in the Final Report of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee on Improvement in Municipal Standards and Practices, commonly referred to as the Fordham Committee Report, issued on 15 March 1962.

On 1 March 1963, Mayor James H. J. Tate created the Committee of Ethics, which set up preliminary guidelines for the ethical behavior of city employees. On 18 June 1963, Mayor Tate signed City Council Bill No. 1715-A on Standards of Conduct and Ethics. The purpose of this ordinance was to supplement Article X of the City Charter. This ordinance established the Board of Ethics for the City of Philadelphia.

Archival Records
60-105-1.1 Annual Reports (1963, 1974-1978 )

Current Records

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