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.

Orders and Opinions

Gregory Public Reprimand


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.

2019 Schedule

January 8 Agenda Minutes
February 12 Agenda Minutes
March 12 Agenda Minutes
April 11 Agenda  
April 16 Meeting Cancelled

May 21 Agenda
June 11 Meeting Cancelled

July 9 Meeting Cancelled

July 22
August 20 Meeting Cancelled

September 10 Agenda
October 8 Agenda Minutes
November 12 Agenda
December 10 Agenda

2018 Schedule

Meeting Date
Agenda (PDF)
January 2 Agenda Minutes
February 13 Agenda
March 6 Agenda Minutes
March 19 Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
April 3 Agenda Minutes
May 1 Agenda Minutes
June 5 Agenda Minutes
July 10 Agenda Minutes
August 14 Agenda Minutes
September 11 Agenda Minutes 
October 16 Agenda Minutes
November 13 Agenda Minutes
December 12 Special Meeting Agenda Minutes
December 19  Agenda Minutes

2017 Meeting Documents

Meeting Date
November 17
December 5

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