Councilmember Jared Brossett leads initiative to separate city’s three ethics entities
Tuesday’s (Nov. 8) election day ballot included the passing of the Home Rule Charter amendment, which the city’s residents voted on to separate the following three ethics entities: the Office of Inspector General, the Ethics Review Board, and the Office of Independent Police Monitor.
District “D” Councilmember Jared Brossett started the legislation for amending the Home Rule Charter, and besides separating the three ethics entities, its initiative includes reallocating funding already in the Home Rule Charter, and requiring that each ethics entity undergo a regular peer review process.
The Home Rule Charter amendment is effective Jan. 1, 2017.
For more information, see the following press release from New Orleans City Council:
NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday Nov. 8, 2016, more than 70 percent of New Orleans residents voted to amend the Home Rule Charter to separate the Office of Inspector General, the Ethics Review Board, and the Office of Independent Police Monitor. District “D” Councilmember Jared C. Brossett introduced the legislation, which called for the three-pronged ethics reform initiative to appear on the ballot, and spearheaded the Home Rule Charter amendment.
First, the initiative proposed an amendment to the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans to operationally and financially separate the City’s three ethics entities: the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Ethics Review Board (ERB), and the Office of Independent Police Monitor (OIPM).
Next, the initiative proposed to reallocate current funding that is already set in the Home Rule Charter. This allocation aimed to resolve the public conflict over funding, improve the relations between the offices, and allow each office to focus on the work the public entrusts them to do.
Finally, the initiative proposed to require each ethics entity to engage in a regular peer review process that meets the professional standards of each of their respective disciplines, ensuring that each ethics entity is independently monitored by industry experts and being held to the highest standards of transparency and accountability.
“On Tuesday, the voters of New Orleans approved the parish-wide Home Rule Charter amendment for the operational and financial independence of the Independent Police Monitor, Inspector General and Ethics Review Board. From every corner of the City, citizens overwhelmingly voiced support for the separation of these offices to operate independently and correct a structural conflict that existed,” said Councilmember Brossett. “Throughout the past year, the Police Monitor and Inspector General have been operating under a memorandum of understanding pending the outcome of the charter amendment. I look forward to continuing to work with all three ethics entities in the future. The Charter amendment approved on Tuesday becomes effective January 1, 2017.