November 29, 2021 ERB Meeting re IG Finalist Selection

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 8:30 A.M. until approximately the end of workday.

Videoconference

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 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. The governor’s most recent extension of this state of emergency is available here: 204 JBE 2021State of Emergency.pdf.

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. In addition, public comment prior to the meeting can be provided via email address erb@nolaerb.gov.

Agenda

  1. Call to order.
  2. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference/teleconference meeting (Chair).
  3. Videoconference interviews with candidates for Inspector General position as set forth in interview schedule provided by Ralph Anderson & Associates (attached).
  4. Discussion and vote to select finalists for Inspector General position.
  5. Adjournment (Chair).

PDF of Agenda with Attachment

ERB Accepting Applications for City of New Orleans Independent Police Monitor

The Ethics Review Board (ERB) of the City of New Orleans is recruiting nationally for a highly experienced professional to manage the Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM) of the City. The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (OIPM) is an independent, civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2009. Its mission is to improve police service to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.

The successful candidate for the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) will have a well-rounded public sector background with in-depth knowledge and experience in monitoring policing in a major metropolitan area. The new IPM will have the highest degree of integrity, judgment, independence, and expert level skills necessary to apply laws, regulations, policies, and methods to monitor the City of New Orleans Police Department. This senior-level executive will be results-driven, with well-grounded and ethical decision-making abilities, superior interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, and strong public speaking abilities.

The City of New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the United States’ most culturally rich and historically significant cities, so much so that the New York Times recently declared it the #1 place to visit in the world in 2018. From its oldest French and Spanish colonial neighborhood, the French Quarter, to the live music pouring out of Frenchmen Street clubs on any given night, to Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and every festival in between, New Orleans is beloved for its cultural assets, annual traditions, and distinct sense of place. Not to mention its world-renowned, James Beard Award-winning food scene.

New Orleans, however, is more than just an internationally renowned visitor destination. Its home to the largest metropolitan population in Louisiana with 1.25 million residents. It is one of the fastest-growing “traditional” cities, according to the U.S. Census.

Offering a host of family-friendly neighborhoods, with city events, services, and amenities that help families to prosper – such as robust youth sports and arts programming and a city-wide charter school system, featuring several letter grade A schools – New Orleans is invested in its future citizens. Indeed, New Orleans is a true “brain center,” comprising seven universities, three HBCUs, two medical schools, two law schools, a dental school, a public health school, and four community and technical colleges, including the largest in the state.

New Orleans boasts dozens of music venues, theaters, and nationally renowned museums, including the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center. Locals are equally die-hard fans of the Super Bowl-winning Saints NFL football, the Pelicans NBA basketball team, and the NOLA Gold Premier Rugby League team.

Additionally, numerous recreational opportunities abound throughout the region, thanks to the City’s beautiful Audubon and City Parks; the plethora of water-based activities on both sides of Lake Pontchartrain; popular biking trails, such as the urban Lafitte Greenway and the suburban St. Tammany Trace; and the close proximity to several national parks, fishing hot spots, and wildlife preserves.

New Orleans has a Mayor-Council form of government. The City Council consists of seven members, five who are elected by district, and two at-large members. Mayor LaToya Cantrell took office on May 7, 2018, is serving a four-year term, and seeking re-election in the fall. The Mayor is limited to two consecutive terms. New Orleans’ government is largely centralized in the Mayor’s Office and City Council.

About the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor

The City of News Orleans, Office of the Independent Police Monitor was created pursuant to section 9-403 of the Home Rule Charter. By ordinance, the independent police monitor monitors the New Orleans Police Department, particularly in the following areas: civilian and internally-generated complaints; internal investigations; discipline; use of force; critical incidents; and in-custody deaths. The independent police monitor reviews and analyzes the numbers and types of complaints; assesses the quality and timeliness of New Orleans Police Department investigations; reviews the adequacy of data collection and analysis; reviews the public integrity bureau’s policies, procedures, and resource needs; conducts risk management reviews; reviews the operations and effectiveness of New Orleans Police Department “early warning system”; reviews specific issues regarding supervision, training, and discipline; and conducts relevant pattern analysis. See City of New Orleans Code of Ordinances § 2-1121(3).

The Position

The Independent Police Monitor is appointed for a term of four years and reports to the seven-member Ethics Review Board. The seven-member board includes six members nominated by local college and university presidents and one appointed by the mayor. They serve seven-year renewable terms. The ERB may reappoint the IPM to subsequent four-year terms at its discretion.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be an independent leader with a strong management perspective who is sensitive to political realities and can work with the Ethics Review Board in a collaborative fashion to identify successful organizational practices and improve the effectiveness of the city and its programs. The IPM should be detailed oriented and have a reputation for being honest, ethical, respected, and credible. In addition, the IPM should be proactive in anticipating risk and control issues, flexible in adapting auditing and reporting methods, and able to adhere to accepted professional standards. The ideal candidate will have a passion for professionalism, timeliness in reporting, and a strong desire to identify opportunities to improve efficiency. A high degree of political sensitivity is also needed, with the ability to discern areas where a focus on investigative efforts is warranted. The ideal candidate will also be a strong advocate for promoting best practices in local government. Additionally, the selected candidate will be expected to quickly build strong working relationships and trust with a wide array of internal and external constituents, while maintaining a strong perception of independence.

The IPM will also be seen as a leader, excellent manager, and a mentor to direct reports and support staff. The ideal candidate will be able to identify and utilize each employee’s individual strengths while encouraging staff development and professional growth.

By ordinance, the independent police monitor shall be an attorney with substantial experience in criminal, civil rights, and/or labor law, or corporate and/or governmental investigations; or an individual with at least five years’ experience in law enforcement oversight, preferably with a graduate degree. Knowledge of law enforcement, particularly of internal investigations of wrongdoing and uses of force, is essential. The monitor shall possess impeccable integrity, sound judgment, and an ability to relate effectively with all those who have a stake in law enforcement including, but not limited to, residents of and visitors to New Orleans, the police department, other law enforcement agencies, and relevant parts of city government. The monitor shall possess an understanding of the city’s ethnic diversity, cultural traditions, and socio-economic situation. See id. § 2-1121(2).

Compensation and Benefits

The City of New Orleans appointing authority is offering a competitive salary dependent on qualifications (DOQ) and will be based on the selected candidate’s experience. The minimum salary will be $130,000. Moving and relocation expenses may be included in the employment offer.

To Be Considered

This position is open until filled and may close at any time. The first review of resumes will take place in mid-December 2021. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. Resumes will be reviewed and evaluated throughout the recruitment process.

Candidates must submit a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and six professional references to erb@nolaerb.gov using the subject line “IPM Candidate Application.” This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the process. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Ideally, the IPM will join the OIPM in early 2022.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please email the ERB Executive Administrator and General Counsel Dane S. Ciolino at dane@daneciolino.com.

This recruitment will incorporate existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Louisiana. Information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties in accordance with public disclosure and open records laws. The City of New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ERB Accepting Applications for Inspector General Position

The Ethics Review Board (ERB) of the City of New Orleans is recruiting nationally for a highly experienced professional to manage the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the City,  a large and complex organization (FY 2021 $633,550,813 general fund annual budget). The successful candidate for the Inspector General (IG) will have a well-rounded public sector background with in-depth knowledge and experience in preventing and detecting waste, fraud, and abuse in large, complex public entities. The new Inspector General will have the highest degree of integrity, judgment, independence, and expert level skills necessary to apply laws, regulations, policies, and methods to oversee the complex operations of the City of New Orleans. This senior-level executive will be results-driven, with well-grounded and ethical decision-making abilities, superior interpersonal and collaborative communication skills, and strong public speaking abilities. The new IG will have a dedicated staff of approximately 13 full-time employees, with 7 additional vacant positions funded. The 2021 Office of the Inspector General operating budget is $3,484,529.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and five years in any one or combination of the following fields: inspector general; federal law enforcement officer; federal or state court judge; licensed attorney with experience in the areas of audit or investigation of fraud, mismanagement, waste, corruption, or abuse of power; senior-level auditor or comptroller; or supervisor in an office of inspector general or similar investigative agency. A Master’s degree and or a Law degree is desired but not required. Possession of Possess an active Louisiana CPA license to practice public accounting or a license to practice law in the State of Louisiana is desired. These additional certifications are not required, but desired: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL).

The City of New Orleans appointing authority is offering a competitive salary dependent on qualifications (DOQ) and will be based on the selected candidate’s experience. Moving and relocation expenses may be included in the employment offer.

This position is open until filled and may close at any time. The first review of resumes will take place on Monday, October 11, 2021. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal consideration. To be considered, candidates should email a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and six professional references to apply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Robert Burg, Ralph Andersen & Associates, at (916) 630-4900.

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ERB to Hold Public Meeting to Appoint New Inspector General

On December 20, 2017, at 3:30 p.m., the City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will accept public comment and will vote on appointing a new Inspector General. The public meeting will be held at Xavier University Center, 7980 Dixon Street, New Orleans, LA 70125.

The official agenda for the board’s meeting is available here: 2017-12-20 ERB Agenda.

Information regarding the two remaining applicants, Derry Harper and Howard Schwartz, is available for download here: 2017-12-15 NOLA IG Applicants Harper and Schwartz.

The New Orleans Inspector General is charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting efficiency and effectiveness in city programs and operations. This oversight includes audits, criminal and administrative investigations, inspections and evaluations, and monitoring. For detailed information regarding the legal qualifications, appointment, duties, and responsibilities of the City of New Orleans, of the Inspector General, click here to download the City of New Orleans Home Rule Charter and Ordinances related to the Inspector General: 2017-03-11 Charter and Ordinances re City of New Orleans Inspector General.

December 13, 2017 ERB Meeting

The Ethics Review Board of the City of New Orleans will meet on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.

The agenda for the meeing, which is posted at 2017-12-11 ERB Agenda, is as follows:

1. Approval of minutes: November 14, 2017

2. Receipt of public comment on Inspector General applicants. Vote on selecting which Inspector General applicants to interview on December 13, 2017.

3. Vote on whether to go into executive session pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes 42:17(A) (1) to discuss the character and professional competence of Inspector General applicants.

4. Executive session pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes 42:17(A) (1) to discuss the character and professional competence of Inspector General applicants.

5. Adjournment

ERB Announces Finalists for Position of Inspector General

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will vote on December 13, 2017, to interview five applicants for the position of Inspector General. Information regarding these applicants is available for download here: 2017-12-01 NOLA IG Finalists.

The board will conduct a public meeting in the New Orleans City Hall Council Chambers on December 13, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. to receive public comment on all applicants.

The New Orleans Inspector General is charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting efficiency and effectiveness in city programs and operations. This oversight includes audits, criminal and administrative investigations, inspections and evaluations, and monitoring. For detailed information regarding the legal qualifications, appointment, duties, and responsibilities of the City of New Orleans, of the Inspector General, click here to download the City of New Orleans Home Rule Charter and Ordinances related to the Inspector General: 2017-03-11 Charter and Ordinances re City of New Orleans Inspector General.

ERB Announces Inspector General Search

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board seeks experienced and highly qualified applicants for the position of Inspector General to start on October 19, 2017.

The New Orleans Inspector General is charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse, and promoting efficiency and effectiveness in city programs and operations. This oversight includes audits, criminal and administrative investigations, inspections and evaluations, and monitoring.

For detailed information regarding the legal qualifications, appointment, duties, and responsibilities of the City of New Orleans, of the Inspector General, click here to download the City of New Orleans Home Rule Charter and Ordinances related to the Inspector General: 2017-03-11 Charter and Ordinances re City of New Orleans Inspector General

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of unofficial university transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. All materails shall be submitted in the form of a single PDF file to: erb@nolaerb.gov

The deadline for submitting applications is August 19, 2017.

ERB Elects New Officers

On August 17, 2016, the City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board selected the following new officers.

Chair

MillerAllen C. Miller, J.D.
Board Chair
Partner, New Orleans Office
Phelps Dunbar LLP

Allen Miller practices in the area of commercial litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general business torts; products liability; casualty litigation, banking and lender liability; class-action litigation; bankruptcy litigation; construction litigation and contracts; civil RICO; trade secrets litigation; professional malpractice; and a wide variety of other corporate litigation matters. He has extensive experience in complex commercial matters. Mr. Miller has handled a substantial number of cases from inception through resolution at trial, appeal and alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. His experience includes, without limitation, first chair litigation counsel in numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court. He is solely responsible for the litigation strategy and handling of cases for several institutional firm clients, and regularly supervises commercial litigation associates and paralegals. His memberships and affiliations include: Louisiana State Bar Association, Minority Involvement Section, New Orleans Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Eastern District of Louisiana), International Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2006 – Present), and National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2004 – Present). He is a “40 Under 40” Award Recipient (National Bar Association) as well as “40 Under 40” Award Recipient by Gambit Weekly. Past community service includes membership on the boards of Odyssey House of Louisiana, Inc., as Vice-President and Executive Committee Board Member, and WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Xavier University. Mr. Miller’s term will expire June 30, 2018. He is a nominee of Xavier University.

Vice-Chair

BrownJames A. Brown, J.D.
Board Vice-Chair
Shareholder, New Orleans
Liskow & Lewis

James A. Brown is a shareholder with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., and heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group. He also serves as the firm’s General Counsel and formerly served on the Board of Directors. Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and other national professional and honorary organizations. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy and torts at the Louisiana State University Law Center and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations. He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the LSU Honors College. Mr. Brown received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from Louisiana State University in 1981. He received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1984. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 44 of the Louisiana Law Review and as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-1985. He and his wife of 35 years, Kelly, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Nominated to the ERB by the University of New Orleans, Mr. Brown’s term will expire June 30, 2019.

Secretary

BoutinRev. Brandon Boutin
Board Secretary
First Pastor & Pastor of Ministries
Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church

Reverend Brandon M. Boutin currently serves as the First Assistant Pastor & Pastor of Ministries at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, under the leadership of Dr. Debra B. Morton, and Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. Rev. Boutin is a graduate from St. Augustine High School, Xavier University of LA, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1999, he became a licensed minister and in 2006 was ordained as an elder. Deeply concerned about people, on a daily basis Rev. Boutin may be found in community meetings, on speaking engagements, speaking on college campuses, participating in youth activities, conducting a funeral, wedding, or counseling. Rev. Boutin is a nominee of Dillard University; his term will expire June 30, 2015.