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June 29, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 3:30 P.M.

Location

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

Video Conference Link: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/98070934437

Telephone Conference Dial-In Number: 1-301-715-8592; ID No. 980 7093 4437

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. 83 JBE 2020 § 1 (Jun. 25, 2020) (providing that “statewide public health emergency is declared to continue to exist”).

Agenda

  1. Ratification of certification of necessity for videoconference and 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 Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee for the OIG 2020 Report (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  6. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  7. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  8. Vote to hold executive session (two-thirds of members present required) (Chair).
  9. Executive Session. To join the executive session, click here: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/98424727555. Registration for Zoom is required to assure confidentiality.
    • Discussion of the character, professional competence, or physical or mental health of a person pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(1).
    • Discussion of investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. § 42:17(A)(4).
  10. Reconvening of public meeting to take final action on any matters discussed in Executive Session (Chair).
  11. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF version of the agenda, which includes attached monthly reports, click here: PDF Version of ERB Agenda.

May 27, 2020 Meeting of QARAC Committee for the OIG

The City of New Orleans Quality Assurance Review Advisory Committee for the Office of the Inspector General (“QARAC OIG”) will conduct its annual meeting to discuss its 2020 annual report. The report evaluates the work performed by the OIG in 2019.

The committee’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. via Zoom Video Conference at this URL: https://loyno.zoom.us/j/99653310391. The meeting can be joined by telephone by dialing (646) 558-8656 and entering Meeting ID: 996 5331 0391.

Agenda

  1. Call to order. (Harry Blumenthal, Chair QARAC OIG)
  2. Vote on need to conduct meeting via video conference due to COVID-19 emergency.
  3. Welcome and introductory remarks. (Members of the QARAC OIG)
  4. Presentation of and comments concerning the 2019 Annual Report of the QARAC OIG (Members of the QARAC OIG)
  5. Presentation and comments by OIG (IG Derry Harper and his Representatives)
  6. Additional comments by members of the QARAC OIG and OIG.
  7. Public comments and questions.
  8. Adjournment.

A PDF version of the agenda is available here: Agenda for QARAC OIG 2020 Annual Meeting.

Committee Report and OIG Response

The committee’s May 11, 2020 report is available for download here: 2020 QARAC for OIG Report on 2019 Work.

The May 18, 2020 response of the Office of the Inspector General to the QARAC OIG 2020 annual report is available for download here: OIG Response to QARAC for OIG Report on 2019 Work.

All past reports and responses are posted here: QARAC Committee Reports and Responses.

May 22, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. until approximately 5:30 P.M.

Location

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the meeting will be held via Zoom Video Conference at https://loyno.zoom.us/j/98671292918 or dial (312) 626-6799 and enter meeting identification number 986 7129 2918. Members of the board and general public are welcome to use either means to “attend” the meeting.

Certification pursuant to State of Louisiana Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 Section 4 (March 16, 2020): The ERB will conduct this meeting by video conference and audio conference because the ERB would be otherwise unable to operate due to quorum requirements.

Agenda

  1. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  2. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  3. Discussion of 2019 Annual Report of the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  4. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  5. Vote on NACOLE peer review MOU (Chair).
  6. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  7. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  8. Report on officer nominations for 2020-2021 (Mr. Brown).
  9. Adjournment (Chair).

A PDF of the agenda and all attachments, including monthly reports, is available here: PDF ERB Agenda.

April 22, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. until approximately 5:30 P.M.

Location

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the meeting will be held via Zoom Video Conference at https://loyno.zoom.us/j/99327798552 or by dialing in to (312) 626-6799 and entering Meeting ID No. 993 2779 8552. Members of the board and general public are welcome to use either means to “attend” the meeting.

Certification pursuant to State of Louisiana Executive Department Proclamation No. JBE 2020-30 Section 4 (March 16, 2020): The ERB will conduct this meeting by video conference and audio conference because the ERB would be otherwise unable to operate due to quorum requirements.

Agenda

  1. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  2. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  4. Discussion of possible evaluators for OIPM 2020 peer review (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  6. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  7. Report on officer nominations for 2020-2021 (Mr. Brown).
  8. Discussion of 2020 ERB Awards Program (Ricks).
  9. Adjournment (Chair).

A PDF of the agenda and all attachments, including monthly reports, is available here: PDF ERB Agenda.

February 26, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. The meeting will take place at Council Chambers, New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  2. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  4. Discussion of possible evaluators for OIPM 2020 peer review (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  6. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  7. Discussion of periodic review of ERB Rules (Calderon).
  8. Discussion of 2020 ERB Awards Program (Ricks).
  9. Discussion of ERB 2019 Annual Report and vote to authorize Dr. Ricks to finalize and submit report (Ricks).
  10. Executive session pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statutes section 42:17(A)(4) to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct.
  11. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF version of the agenda with all attached monthly reports and other items, click here: Agenda and Attachments for February 26, 2020 ERB Meeting.

January 23, 2020 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. at the Council Chambers,
New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows.

  1. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  2. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  4. Discussion of possible evaluators for OIPM 2020 peer review (Chair).
  5. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  6. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  7. Presentation re overview of the ERB (Chair).
  8. Adjournment (Chair).

To download a PDF version of this agenda (including all monthly reports and other attachments), click here: PDF Copy of January 23, 2020 ERB Agenda.

December 16, 2019 ERB Meeting

The City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board will meet on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. The meeting will take place at the Norman Mayer Public Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122 . The agenda for the meeting follows:

  1. Approval of minutes of previous board meeting (Chair).
  2. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Inspector General (Chair).
  3. Discussion of monthly report from the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  4. Discussion of data gathering, data analysis, and data reporting by the Office of Independent Police Monitor (Chair).
  5. Discussion of possible evaluators for OIPM 2020 peer review.
  6. Discussion of monthly report from the Ethics Trainer (Chair).
  7. Report of Executive Administrator and General Counsel (Chair).
  8. Report on ethics awards program and luncheon (Chair).
  9. Vote on meeting board meeting dates for 2020.
  10. Adjournment (Chair).

For a PDF link to the agenda with all attachments, including reports from the OIG, OIPM, and Ethics Trainer, click here: ERB December Meeting Agenda.

For a link to the proposed meeting schedule for 2020, click here: Proposed ERB 2020 Meeting Schedule

ERB 2019 Awards Luncheon

On December 12, 2019, the City of New Orleans Ethics Review Board (“ERB”) hosted its first annual awards luncheon. The ERB was pleased to present Ethics Liaison Awards to the following worthy recipients:

Gail Audrict
Ethics Liaison for Orleans Parish Juvenile Court

Major Rebecca Bennelli
Ethics Liaison for Department of Emergency Medical Services

Anita Briant
Ethics Liaison for New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

The luncheon was held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency hotel. The ERB was honored to have as its keynote speaker Judy S. Nadler. Ms. Nadler is the former Santa Clara mayor. She created “Ethics and the Public’s Business” a program for newly elected officials, and the “Public Sector Roundtable,” a quarterly meeting convening mayors, council members, city managers, ethics commissioners and others to discuss timely topics related to government ethics.