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Board of Ethics


The Board of Ethics was established by Ordinance 27504 on June 27, 2006.  The authority and role of the Board is governed by the City of Tacoma Ethics Code (Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.46).


   City of Tacoma Code of Ethics - TMC 1.46



The Board of Ethics consists of five regular members, recommended by the Government Performance and Finance Committee and formally appointed by a resolution of the Council. The membership term is three years and is composed of City residents. 


Duties and Responsibilities

The role of the Board is to receive, investigate, and make recommendations for disposition of complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics by the City Manager, the Director of Public Utilities, a member of the Public Utility Board (Utility Board), appointed members of other City committees, boards or commissions, or City-elected officials.  The Board may also render advisory opinions in response to a request by one of the aforementioned officials, and render and publish formal opinions on any matter within the scope of the Board's authority which it may deem appropriate.


Board of Ethics Administrative Procedures


Staff Support

Staffing support to the Board of Ethics is provided by the City Clerk's Office.

Time and Day

4:30 PM
Second Wednesday quarterly

(Meeting Time Change - April 2023)



Hybrid (Virtual and In-Person Options)


Tacoma Municipal Building 
747 Market Street 

Room 220-A
Tacoma, WA 98402


(see agendas for details)


Additional Information

Staff Liaison
Nicole Emery
(253) 591-5361