The Ethics Review Board seeks to uphold and enforce high ethical standards and promote the public’s confidence in the government of the City of New Orleans.

Functions and Authority
The Ethics Review Board is authorized by the Code of Ordinances for City of New Orleans to administer and enforce the provisions of the Code of Ethics of the City. The Code of Ethics was established to remind each public official and employee that individually and collectively, public officials and employees must adhere to high ethical standards not simply to avoid sanctions or criticism. It applies to all officials of the government of the city, whether elected or appointed; all employees, whether classified or unclassified; and all members and/or employees of all boards, agencies, commissions, advisory committees, public trusts, and public benefit corporations of the city. Any person may file a complaint concerning violations of the Code of Ethics with the Ethics Review Board.

The Ethics Review Board is empowered to represent the public interest in the administration of any law within its jurisdiction; offer and enter into consent opinions regarding violations of the provisions of any law within its jurisdictions; refer to fact-finding complaints, advisory opinions, media reports, oral reports, referrals, or any other source; prescribe rules of order, evidence, and procedure to govern its meetings, hearings, and investigations; take such steps as may be necessary to maintain proper order and decorum during the course of its hearings and other proceedings, consistent with the resolution of matters coming before it for consideration; and include on the agenda for Board consideration any matter that is of interest to any Board member and that is within the Board’s jurisdiction.

History of Ethics Review Board
In 1996, citizens of New Orleans voted to amend the Home Rule Charter to mandate the Council to establish by ordinance an Ethics Review Board. Under that ordinance the Board is empowered to issue advisory opinions, promulgate rules regarding interpretation and enforcement of the Code of Ethics, retain counsel and impose fines. Other relevant Charter provisions can be found in Article IX, Chapter 1 (“Boards and Commissions in General”), as well as other provisions of the Home Rule Charter as it may relate to the context of the work of the Ethics Review Board.

The selection of board members occurred in December 2006 at which time the members met to begin their initial task of educating themselves on their new role. Under Article XIII, Sec. 2-1120 (3) of the Code of Ordinances for the City of New Orleans, the newly formed Ethics Review Board was required to begin a national search for the city’s first inspector general. The inspector general search began in March 2007 and a final selection was made in June 2007. In the subsequent months, the inspector general and the Ethics Review Board worked to secure an adequate joint budget appropriation for the Office of Inspector General and the Ethics Review Board in the amount of $3.4 million. Additionally, in 2007 the Board drafted Rules for the Ethics Review Board governing the transactions of its business.

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Office of Inspector General

Updates & Press Releases



ERB Records
  Laws and Regulations






Calendar Year 2015
ERB Regular Meeting Dates:

January 13 
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
March 10 
Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
May 12 
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
July 14 
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
September 21 
New Orleans City Council Chambers
1300 Perdido Street, First Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
November 10 
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

Meeting Time:
Unless otherwise noted in
meeting agenda and/or above.

For meeting location, please see above or check the meeting agenda for each meeting date by clicking on View Full Meeting Info below.

Meetings are open to the public.
Meeting sites are generally accessible to persons with disabilities. Should you require any
accommodation to participate fully, please contact the Ethics Review Board at 504-681-3208 (voice),
or 711 LA Relay Service or at forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Upon
request, a sign language interpreter will be available to persons with hearing impairment.

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Advisory Opinions

Send your request for an advisory opinion to or to the address below:
Ethics Review Board
City of New Orleans
525 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70130

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updates and press releases


ERB Request for Public Comment on Reappointment
of Inspector General

Press Release - April 12, 2013


ERB Launches Ethics Listening Initiative
Press Release - June 2012


The Ethics Review Board Elects New Officers-August 17, 2010


ERB Hires General Counsel - September 17, 2009
ERB Hires General Counsel - Times Picayune
Steven Scheckman hired as ERB first General Counsel

ERB Names New IG - September 3, 2009
N.O. Inspector General Chosen - Times Picayune 

ERB Holding Interviews with Three IG Finalists - September 2009
Interviews and Vote Schedule for Thursday

ERB Names Three of the IG Finalists - August 25, 2009
Three Candidates Announced - WDSU
Three Candidates Announced - Times Picayune

Annual Report FY 2008 Activities Letter
Chairman's Letter to the Citizens of New Orleans
Annual Report FY 2008


Annual Report FY 2007 Press Release
Annual Report Press Release
Annual Report FY 2007 Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV


Robert Cerasoli Appointed IG 2007
Ethics Review Board selects city's first Inspector General
(Press release from Loyola University Newsroom)

ERB Officers Named 2007
City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board Holds First Meeting and Elects Officers
(Press release from Loyola University Newsroom)

Ethics Review Board Members Appointed 2007
Loyola President and Law Professor Named to Ethics Board
(Press release from Loyola University Newsroom)