Reader Worker Bee wrote:

I work for the city and will admit I’m a big fan of this office. It’s purpose isn’t to conduct investigations, and it’s budget isn’t $3.6M. The office has other programs besides ethics (like the charter-mandated Citizens Review Board and Human Relations Commission and the Disability Services Program) ….

Worker Bee, thanks for bringing up the budget. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?

The Office of Ethic and Integrity’s (OEI) budget is $2.4 million this fiscal year. Last year, it was $1.2 million. (By the way, that’s how I got to $3.6 million. I was referring to the appropriations made to date.)

It looks like the 7 new positions in the FY ’08 budget are the result of 5 positions transfers from the Disability Services Program and 2 transfers from the Office of the COO due to “restructuring.”

As you can see from the salary schedule, the compensation ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, with an average salary of $70,000 if you exclude the highest and lowest paid positions in the department.

So, what has the OEI accomplished?

According to the Budget Dollars at Work section of the current budget document the OEI can be proud of the following:

  • Employee Hotline accepted 180 reports
  • 150 Border Patrol agents trained by the Human Relations Commission
  • 125 staff members participated in the Diversity Commitment’s Diversity University
  • 100 staff members participated in diversity training at Supervisor’s Academy
  • 86 citizen complaints received by the Citizens’ Review Board (CRB)
  • 70 appeal hearings conducted by the CRB
  • 7 shooting reviews conducted by the CRB

Hmmh ….that’s interesting. Isn’t the CRB a volunteer board supported by two paid staff members that existed before the OEI was created? In fact, I just visited the CRB website and noticed that an annual report has not been posted since 2005. What’s up with that? Maybe city staff can provide an explanation … I’ll put a call into the executive director of the CRB and report back.

The Human Relations Commission is also a volunteer commission that existed before the OEI was created.

What’s left of the list above that can honestly be attributed to the work of the OEI?

  • Employee Hotline accepted 180 reports
  • 125 staff members participated in the Diversity Commitment’s Diversity University
  • 100 staff members participated in diversity training at Supervisor’s Academy

Oh wait, I was just reminded that the Employee Hotline was transferred to the OEI. It was previously administered by the Auditor and Comptroller.

So that leaves … drum roll please … diversity training of 225 staff members.

— LANI LUTAR

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