Advisory Opinions

The Ethical Practices Board issues formal written advisory opinions. The board can write these on its own or at the request of a person, department or other City entity to which the City's Ethics Code

How to request an advisory opinion

Any person or City entity can request a formal advisory opinion to help guide their conduct.

Requests must be in writing and include reasonable description of the facts of a case or ethical question. The case can be real or hypothetical.

You must submit your request to the Ethics Officer. Contact the Ethics Officer if you need help preparing your request.

Advisory opinions issued by the Board are binding in future proceedings related to:

  • Complaints filed against the person making or covered by the request
  • The subject matter of the opinion unless otherwise stated by the Board consistent with the Board bylaws

Contact us

Susan Trammell

Ethics Officer
City Attorney's Office




City Hall
350 S. Fifth St., Room 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415