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FILING AN ETHICS COMPLAINT

The Sacramento City Council established the Sacramento Ethics Commission to review and consider complaints against elected and appointed City officials and to ensure that those officials are conforming their conduct to the City’s laws and policies. The Commission’s organization, powers, and duties are set forth in chapter 2.112 of the Sacramento City Code.

View the Sacramento Ethics Commission Procedures.

View the Sacramento Ethics Commission Complaint Workflow.

Download and complete the Sacramento Ethics Commission Complaint pdf form to submit a complaint or complete an online submission. 

Complaints must identify the specific alleged violations which forms the basis for the complaint and contain sufficient fact to warrant a formal investigation.

The commission has the power and duty to review, investigate, and consider complaints alleging violations of:

  • Section 35 of the Sacramento City Charter ("Limitation on Future Employment")
  • City Code Chapter 1.20 ("Code of Fair Campaign Practices")
  • City Code Chapter 2.13 ("Campaign Contribution Limitations") and Chapter 2.14 ("Campaign Spending Limits and Public Campaign Financing"), if the city has not contracted with the Fair Political Practices Commission for enforcement of those chapters.
  • City Code Chapter 2.15 ("Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Code")
  • City Code Chapter 2.16 ("Conflict of Interest")
  • City Code Chapter 4.02 ("Code of Ethics")
  • City Code Chapter 4.04 ("Sunshine Ordinance")
  • Chapter 3 ("Conduct of Members") and Rule 6.E (Closed Sessions) of the Council Rules of Procedure

WHISTLEBLOWER HOTLINE

In the interest of public accountability and being responsible stewards of public funds, the City has established an enhanced whistleblower hotline. The hotline protects the anonymity of those leaving tips to the extent permitted by law.
The toll-free number and web portal is being launched by the City Auditor's Office through an independent reporting service. The service is available 24/7/365 days per year. Through this service, all phone calls and e-mails will be received anonymously by third party staff.
Whistleblower hotline
Report Online
Call Toll-Free: 888-245-8859

NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

We are happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at: ethics@cityofsacramento.org, or by phone at (916) 808-720