Ethics committee releases 40-page report addressing issues in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An 8News investigation in 2016 revealed the former director of the Department of Public Works, Emmanuel Adediran, was doing work for then Mayor Dwight Jones’ new church on the taxpayer’s dime. 

The City of Richmond formed an ethics reform task force a year later. On Monday, the group released its final report inside city hall. 

The 39-page long report includes five recommendations to address issues of ethics within the City of Richmond. The goal is to hold everyone accountable. 

“If implemented, we do believe that it will increase the level of accountability, public confidence, and public trust in city officers and employees,” said Albertina Rasin Walker, Ethics Reform Task Force.Two of the five recommendations are specifically in response to the 8News investigation.  

The first recommendation is that employees are to disclose personal agreements or relationships with third parties. 

The second recommendation from the task force is that employees are to disclose private associations with employees. The full list of recommendations can be found below:

  • Employees are to disclose personal agreements or relationships with vendors
  • Employees are to disclose private associations with employees/candidates
  • Amend Richmond City Code of Ordinances to Prohibit Lobbying after Employment
  • The City should create a Comprehensive Ethics Handbook, Website, and Uniform Code of Ethics for all City Personnel
  • The City should conduct Ethics training annually

If the report is approved by the city council it will go into effect July 1. 

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