Wilmington Ethics Commission

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City Council Passes Ethics Commission Recommendations, Mayor Signs Ordinance

The Wilmington Ethics Commission, which was reconstituted in 2017 by Mayor Mike Purzycki and Wilmington City Council, recommended to the Mayor and Council a series of legislative changes to modernize the Commission and improve the City’s approach to ethics. The recommendations and accompanying legislation were sent to the Mayor and City Council on August 24, 2018.

Ordinance 18-043: An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 2 of the City Code to Update the Ethics Provisions was passed by City Council on October 4, 2018, and approved by Mayor Purzycki on October 8, 2018.

Access the recommendations and accompanying ordinance here.


The Wilmington Ethics Commission meetings are on the following dates at 4:00 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Room located adjacent to the Department of Finance on the 5th Floor. Meeting dates and location are subject to change. Meetings are open to the public.

2020 Schedule

January 14 Agenda Minutes
February 11 Agenda
March 10 Agenda
April 14
May 12 Meeting Cancelled
June 9
July 14
August 18
September 15
October 13
November 10
December 8

2019 Schedule

January 8 Agenda Minutes
February 12 Agenda Minutes
March 12 Agenda Minutes
April 11 Agenda Public Reprimand
April 16 Meeting Cancelled
May 21 Agenda
June 11 Meeting Cancelled
July 9 Meeting Cancelled
July 22
Agenda Minutes
August 20 Meeting Cancelled
September 10 Agenda Minutes
October 8 Agenda Minutes
November 12 Agenda Minutes
December 10 Agenda Minutes

About the Commission

The Ethics Commission administers and implements the City Employees’ and Elected and Appointed Officials Code of Conduct. The commission consists of seven members appointed by the mayor with the concurrence by resolution of a majority of all members of council. Not more than four members shall be registered with the same political party.

Read the Rules of the Wilmington Ethics Commission.

Read the City Employees' and Elected and Appointed Officials' Code of Conduct.

City Code: Sec. 2-343. - Wilmington Ethics Commission—Establishment, membership, offices.


Chair: William D, Johnson, Esquire
Partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Vice Chair: Frank Hawkins
AIDS Delaware

Denison H. Hatch, Jr., Esquire
Retired Attorney

Katherine M. Klocko
President, KMKlocko & Associates

Faith Meisinger-Petit
Director of Customer Service, CSC

Melvin Phillips
Executive Board Member, AFL-CIO

Charles Toliver, Esquire
Retired Superior Court Judge; Partner, Morris James LLP


William B. Larson, Jr.
Attorney at Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP