Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics was created in 2018 with the adoption of the City's first Ethics Ordinance. The Board is responsible for:

  • Hearing Ethics Complaints filed against City Officials;
  • Providing City Officials with advisory opinions on how the Ethics Ordinance applies; and
  • Reviewing Ethics Ordinance and proposing amendments to the City Council. The Current Proposed Amendments Tracker can be used to track the status of amendments being discussed by the Board.

Ethics Ordinance

The Ethics Ordinance (PDF) defines the ethical rules of conduct for Denton City Officials. Key provisions of the Ordinance include:

  • Defines a Conflict of Interest as any income or ownership in a business, or ownership of property over $600 or an unresolved offer of employment;
  • Prohibits City Officials from deliberating on matters when a Conflict of interest exists;
  • Requires City Officials to disclose  and financial information as required by law and business partnership information annually;
  • Prohibits City Officials from accepting gifts over $50 and no more than $200 per year; and
  • Creates penalties for those found to have violated the Ordinance up to a recommendation of suspension.

Residents of the City of Denton can speak at any regularly schedule Board of Ethics Member on any posted agenda item or on items not on the agenda by by signing up prior to the meeting beginning. Residents may also email the City Auditor at [email protected] if they have questions regarding the Board of Ethics' public comment process. 

  1. Filing a Complaint
  2. City Officials Training
  3. Advisory Opinions
  4. Ordinance Amendment Proposals

Filing a Complaint

Individuals wishing to file a complaint against a City Official must complete an Ethics Complaint Form (PDF). This form includes instructions for filing a complaint. Completed complaints should be submitted to the City Auditor's Office. The Ethics Complaint Process Packet (PDF) details the process followed by the Board once an Ethics Complaint is submitted.

Meeting Materials

Minutes from meetings that took place after March 28, 2019 are located on the Public Meetings page under Archived Meetings. Access audio records of the Board of Ethics meetings. View additional meeting materials in our Agenda Center.