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;
  • 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.

If you'd like to submit comments or feedback on the Ethics Ordinance or the Board of Ethics' work to the Board, please email the City Auditor at [email protected]. Any submissions will be added as an agenda item to the next regular Board of Ethics meeting for review and potential discussion.

  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.