July 27, 2021 Meeting of QARAC for OIPM

The Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor will meet on July 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Video Conference

The committee will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference:

Certification of Necessity pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes section 42:17.1: The committee hereby certifies that the Governor of the State of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency or disaster involving the geographic area of the City of New Orleans. A live meeting would be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the public and the members of the committee. The agenda contains matters that are critical to continuation of the business of the committee and are not able to be postponed to a live meeting due to a legal requirement or other deadline that cannot be postponed or delayed by the committee. The public can attend and participate in the videoconference meeting by joining the conference by telephone or videoconference as described above.

Agenda

  1. Call to order. (Janet Hoeffel, Chair QARAC OIPM).
  2. Vote on need to conduct meeting via video conference due to COVID-19 emergency.
  3. Presentation of and comments concerning the 2021 Annual Report of the QARAC OIPM (Members of the QARAC OIPM).
  4. Presentation and comments by OIPM (IPM and her Representatives).
  5. Additional comments and questions by members of the QARAC OIPM and OIPM.
  6. Public comments and questions.
  7. Adjournment.

QARAC Report and OPIM Response

July 12, 2021 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 3:30 P.M.

Videoconference Links

The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference:

Certification of Necessity pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes section 42:17.1: The board hereby certifies that the Governor of the State of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency or disaster involving the geographic area of the City of New Orleans. A live meeting would be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the public and the members of the Ethics Review Board. The agenda contains matters that are critical to continuation of the business of the Ethics Review Board and are not able to be postponed to a live meeting due to a legal requirement or other deadline that cannot be postponed or delayed by the Ethics Review Board. The public can attend and participate in the videoconference meeting by joining the conference by telephone or videoconference as described above.

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  4. Discussion, nominations, and vote on formation of Search Committee for Inspector General (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  6. Vote to commence national search for Independent Police Monitor.
  7. Discussion, nominations, and vote on formation of Search Committee for Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  8. Discussion on possible rescheduling of board meetings for the third Monday of each month starting in September 2021, and possible vote on new schedule (Chair).
  9. Discussion regarding procedure for annually selecting board officers (Chair).
    • Alternative 1 For Consideration: Each officer will serve until the first June 30th to occur after appointment. On July 1st, the Vice-Chair will automatically move up to Chair, and the Secretary will automatically move up to Vice-Chair. In or before June of each year, the board shall elect the vacant Secretary position by a majority vote; any board member may nominate any board member for the position. If any officer position becomes vacant at any time, the board shall elect the vacant position by a majority vote; any board member may nominate any board member for the vacant position.
    • Alternative 2 For Consideration: Each officer will serve until the first June 30th to occur after appointment. In or before June of each year, the board shall elect all vacant positions by a majority vote; any board member may nominate any board member for the positions. If any officer position becomes vacant at any time, any board member may nominate any board member for the vacant position.
  10. Discussion on opportunity for public comment/suggestion regarding future agendas (Chair).
  11. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
    1. Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General.
    1. Report on revision to process for approving purchases and contracts.
    1. Report on status of hiring of ethics trainer.
    1. Report on ERB peer review.
  12. Discussion of proposed amendment to City of New Orleans Ethics Code to prohibit certain campaign contributions and to require related disclosures (Mr. Sanders).
  13. Adjournment (Chair).

PDF Version of Agenda and Attachments

June 14, 2021 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 3:30 P.M.

Video Conference Information

The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference due to COVID-19.

Certification of Necessity pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes section 42:17.1: The board hereby certifies that the Governor of the State of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency or disaster involving the geographic area of the City of New Orleans. A live meeting would be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the public and the members of the Ethics Review Board. The agenda contains matters that are critical to continuation of the business of the Ethics Review Board and are not able to be postponed to a live meeting due to a legal requirement or other deadline that cannot be postponed or delayed by the Ethics Review Board. The public can attend and participate in the videoconference meeting by joining the conference by telephone or videoconference as described above.

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  4. Discussion of the annual report of the Quality Assurance Advisory Committee for the OIG (Chair).
  5. Discussion of Audubon Commission and Audubon Institute audit by OIG (Chair).
  6. Discussion of resignation of Susan Hutson from the Office of Independent Police Monitor and vote to initiate search for new IPM (Chair).
  7. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  8. Vote on salary for the Interim IPM (Chair).
  9. Board officer nominations and elections for 2021-2022 (Chair).
  10. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
    • Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General.
    • Report on revision to process for approving purchases and contracts.
    • Report on status of hiring of ethics trainer.
    • Report on ERB peer review.
  11. Executive Session. Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4).
  12. Adjournment (Chair).

To review or download a PDF version of the agenda, including all attachments, click below:

2021 OIG Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee Meeting

The Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee for the Office of the Inspector General, City of New Orleans, will meet on on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. by videoconference.

The QARAC for the OIG is comprised of Harry Blumenthal, Chair, and Ashley Barrier and Bill Banta, Members.

Video Conference

The QARAC will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference.

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263
Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity: The committee hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

A recording of the Committee’s meeting is here: https://youtu.be/ikKC7P4YQvc

Agenda

  1. Call to order (Chair).
  2. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  3. Welcome and introductory remarks (Chair).
  4. Presentation of the QARAC report and comments by committee members (Chair).
  5. Response to QARAC Report by the OIG and discussion with committee (Mr. Michel).
  6. Public comments and questions (Chair).
  7. Adjournment (Chair).

Committee Report and OIG Response

The QARAC OIG 2021 annual report regarding 2020 of the OIG is available for download here: 2021 QARAC for OIG Report on 2020 Work.

After the publication of the report, the QARAC and the OIG engaged in this email correspondence:

The response of the Office of Inspector General to the QARAC report is here:

May 10, 2021 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:30 P.M.

Video Conference

The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference.

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263
Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity: The board hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  4. Discussion of OIG Annual Report (Doucette) (attached as Item 1).
  5. Discussion of leave of absence of Susan Hutson from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  6. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  7. Discussion of board officer selection (Chair).
  8. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
    • Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General.
    • Report on status of hiring of ethics trainer.
    • Report on ERB peer review.
  9. Executive Session. Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4).
  10. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF version of the agenda, including all agency reports and other attachments, click below:

April 12, 2021 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference.

Video Conference Information

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263

Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity: The board hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Report on meeting with Councilmember Giarrusso (Chair).
  4. Appointment of members of QARAC for OIG and OIPM (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  6. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  7. Discussion of BGR recommendations (Chair).
  8. Vote on “open meetings” process for discussions regarding appointment of new Inspector General (Chair).
  9. Discussion and vote on of early warning surveys of staff at OIPM and OIG (Doucette, Sanders, Brooks).
  10. Ethics awards (Callia, Jefferson).
  11. Discussion of board officer selection process (Chair).
  12. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
    • Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General.
    • Report on status of hiring of ethics trainer.
    • Report on ERB peer review.
  13. Adjournment (Chair).

PDF Version of Agenda

For the agenda in PDF format, which includes the monthly reports of the OIG and OIPM, click below:

March 8, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference.

Zoom and Teleconference Links

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263

Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity: The board hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Discussion of pipeline report process (Ciolino).
  4. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  6. Discussion of annual evaluations of IG and IPM (Doucette, Sanders, Brooks), and responses of OIG and OIPM.
  7. Discussion of expanding triennial evaluations of IG and IPM (Chair), and responses of OIG and OIPM.
  8. Ethics awards (Callia, Jefferson).
  9. Discussion and vote on Marcello/BGR recommendations (Chair, Ciolino).
  10. Discussion of board officer selection process (Chair).
  11. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
    • Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General.
    • Report on status of creation of ethics trainer classified position.
  12. Executive Session. Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4).
  13. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF version of the agenda, including all monthly reports and other attachments, click here: Agenda for March 8, 2021 ERB Meeting.

ERB Hiring an Ethics Trainer

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board is now accepting applications for a full-time ethics trainer. The trainer will maintain a WordPress website with training materials; teach provisions of the City of New Orleans Code of Ethics to public servants and public employees; coordinate ethics training with ethics liaisons at city boards, commissions, and departments; draft training materials on ethics-related issues; and work with a diverse group of employees across disciplines and at all levels of city government. The trainer will report to the ERB’s Executive Administrator and General Counsel.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four (4) years of professional experience which much have included developing and implementing educational training, engagement, communications, or online information or disclosure programs and related materials. Professional experience must have been attained in a position that required a Bachelor’s Degree upon entrance. A Juris Doctor, or Master’s degree in Education, Business Administration, Public Administration, a social science, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for the full-time trainer position is $53,750. The position may include benefits such as pension, health insurance (hospitalization, prescription coverage, vision, dental) for the employee and family, 10 paid holidays, longevity pay, merit pay, free life insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation.

Information and Application

For more information about the position, click here: MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST I (TRAINER) (CLASS CODE 0363) | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com). The position is posted as MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST I (TRAINER) (CLASS CODE 0363) under job number 10382/0363TRA.

February 8, 2021 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference.

Zoom Information

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263

Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity: The board hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting.
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting.
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General.
  4. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor.
  5. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel.
    • Report on status of RFP for executive search firm for new Inspector General
    • Report on status of creation of ethics trainer classified position.
    • Other.
  6. Discussion of annual 360-degree evaluations of OIG and OIPM.
  7. Discussion of BGR report on ERB.
  8. Discussion and vote on request for budgetary information to be included on monthly reports of OIG and OIPM, and inter-agency funds transfers.
  9. Discussion of ERB Annual Awards program.
  10. Executive Session. Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4).
  11. Adjournment.

For a PDF version of the agenda with all attachments, click here: ERB February 8, 2021 Agenda.

December 28, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:30 P.M.

Video Conference

The board will conduct this meeting via Zoom Video Conference and Telephone Conference at:
Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/5049753263
Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 312-626-6799; ID No. 504 975 3263

Certification of Necessity. The board hereby certifies that it is unable to satisfy live-meeting quorum requirements due to the COVID-19 declaration of emergency. See State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 § 4 (Mar. 16, 2020) (permitting video conference meetings due to gubernatorial declaration of state of emergency); State of Louisiana, Executive Department Proclamation No. 111 JBE 2020 § 1 (August 26, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  2. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  3. Discussion and vote on 2021 board meeting dates (Chair).
  4. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  6. Discussion and vote on ethics training position: contractor vs. employee (Chair).
  7. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  8. Executive Session. Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4). (A separate link will be provided privately to board members for this meeting.)
  9. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF version of the agenda, including all attachments, click here: https://www.nolaerb.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-28-ERB-Agenda.pdf