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In April of 2022, Mayor Justin M. Bibb launched a Citywide initiative to uphold integrity and trust in the City of Cleveland government. Through the appointment of the City’s first-ever Chief Ethics Officer, Mayor Bibb created an Ethics Office, as a division of the Department of Law, to oversee our pledge to the People of Cleveland that we will always put residents first when operating City business.


The vision of the City of Cleveland Ethics Office is to foster a culture of ethical conduct and uphold our collective commitment to residents by ensuring integrity, trust, and accountability in City operations.


  • To provide advice and counsel to City officials, employees, members of Boards and Commissions, and volunteers on issues involving the application of ethics laws and navigating conflicts of interest
  • To build and maintain an ethics and compliance program focused on educating City of Cleveland stakeholders in an effort to reduce and deter wrongdoing and acts of misconduct
  • To enforce the City Ethics Policy along with applicable state and local ethics laws 
  • To strengthen policies, practices, and procedures across the City of Cleveland government that promote high standards of excellence, equity, efficiency, and effectiveness of City operations, services, and programs

Meet Delanté Spencer Thomas, Chief Ethics Officer

Delanté Spencer Thomas was sworn in  by Mayor Justin M. Bibb as the City of Cleveland’s first-ever Chief Ethics Officer on May 2, 2022. In his role, Mr. Thomas serves as the senior ethics advisor to both Mayor Bibb and the City Law Director. He also provides advice and counsel to all City employees on issues involving the application of ethics laws and navigating conflicts of interest. Mr. Thomas is responsible for building and maintaining an ethics and compliance education program for workforce of over 8,000 City employees.