State Board of Ethics

The State Board of Ethics has jurisdiction under the State Ethics Act to evaluate the ethical conduct of executive- branch state employees and public officers appointed by the Governor or other executive official. Section 2 of the act defines unethical conduct as a violation of one of seven standards.

The board does not have jurisdiction over:

  • State employees outside the state civil service in the legislative or judicial branch.
  • State elected officials.
  • Employees and elected officials in other public jurisdictions (cities, counties, school districts, etc.)
  • Private-sector employees, attorneys, and healthcare professionals.

The board's rules provide a complaint process over conduct of covered employees or public officers in accordance with the standards on conflicts of interest in the act. The rules also allow appointing authorities and employees to request advisory opinions on potential conflicts with the standards of conduct. Information on filing complaints and requesting advisory opinions is available at rules 15.5 and 15.6, respectively, available through the link below.

Database of State Board of Ethics Complaint Decisions and Advisory Opinions

MiLogin Database of State Board of Ethics Decisions and Advisory Opinions. The database of board decisions is being transitioned to the MiLogin platform. New users must create an account. View the MiLogin Help Page for help with creating an account.

Upcoming Board Meeting Schedule

September 2, 2021 canceled
December 2, 2021 agenda
March 3, 2022
June 2, 2022
September 1, 2022
December 1, 2022

Board meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Commons Center, Lower Level Conference Rooms A & B, 400 South Pine Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933. 

Board Members
Catherine McClure, Chair

Carlos A. Escurel
Maha Freij
Reverend Leslee J. Fritz
James L. Liggins, Jr.
Afia S. Phillips
Nancy Strole

Ex Officio Members
John Gnodtke, State Personnel Director 
Dana Nessel, Attorney General

Executive Secretary
John Gnodtke


Contact Information

Executive Secretary
State Board of Ethics
400 South Pine Street
P.O. Box 30002
Lansing, MI 48909