Here’s a question for the People’s Reporter from E.W.:

What happened to the second ethics survey the city did? How were the results? Why weren’t they publicized?

In 2006, Mayor Sanders commissioned the city’s first ethics survey. The survey asked city employees about their perceptions of the city’s ethical standards, whether managers were held to the same standards as other employees, and whether they’d perceived or reported ethics violations in their departments.

The results weren’t pretty. They found that 41 percent of city employees surveyed had observed ethical misconduct at work, compared with 26 percent in a survey conducted nationwide.

E.W.’s suggestion that a second ethics survey had been commissioned was news to me. But I guess that’s what it means to be a reporter.

I called the Mayor’s Office to confirm, and it’s true.

The mayor’s Office of Ethics and Integrity commissioned a second survey last year, and according to spokeswoman Rachel Laing, the results were “off-the-charts good.”

But the report was never released. Just when the results came back last November, City Hall was forced to make mid-year budget cuts. And, well, the Office of Ethics and Integrity, which conducts ethics training, got cut. It was costing the city more than $1 million a year, and the mayor decided to redistribute its duties to other departments, like Human Relations.

So the report never saw the light of day. It’s sitting somewhere in the files of former Deputy Operating Officer JoAnne SawyerKnoll, who ran the department.

Laing said Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone was going to try and track it down. She’s going to forward it to me when she gets a copy, so I’ll keep you posted.

Good question, E.W. For the rest of you, keep them coming. Write me at or on Twitter.


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