Metro Government Launches Employee Ethics Tipline
Wednesday September 30, 2009
Provides additional tool for reporting unethical or illegal activity
Beginning tomorrow, Louisville Metro Government will have a new tool that citizens or employees can use anytime to report suspected wrongdoing on the part of Louisville city employees, contractors or suppliers.
Through the city’s Office of Internal Audit, Metro Government has contracted with The Network, a private company that specializes in ethics reporting, to develop and operate a new Ethics Tipline ─ that will be available 24/7 by phone or online.
“This tipline will be an independently-operated and efficient tool that city employees or citizens can use to report any suspected unethical or illegal behavior,” said Internal Auditor Mike Norman.
The tipline number is 1-888-226-2264. Reports can also be made online, at the city’s website: www.louisvilleky.gov. Persons using the tipline do not have to provide their name.
Norman said all information received will be forwarded to either Louisville Metro Police or Metro Human Resources for follow-up. The Office of Internal Audit receives all reports as well, so that at least “two sets of eyes” review all information. A summary of information received on the tipline will be provided monthly to Mayor Abramson, the Metro Council, Metro Police, Metro Human Resources, Ethics Commission and Human Relations Commission.
“The bottom line is making sure that taxpayer dollars are well spent, and that every department, division and agency of city government operates in an ethical manner,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said.
Employees are being made aware of the tipline through email, posters and meetings, including orientation for new employees. It will also be featured on the city’s employee website.
The new tipline is an addition to existing methods of reporting suspected unethical or illegal activity by city employees including contacting Metro Human Resources, the Ethics Commission, Human Relations Commission, 574-LMPD and MetroCall 311.
“The activation of this tip line is the next step in the Metro Council’s commitment to transparency,” said Metro Council President David Tandy. “The public can be assured that any report will be reviewed and investigated to make sure that Metro Government is doing the job it is supposed to do. If not, we will make sure any problem is corrected and, if need be, prosecuted.”
"The establishment of a third party anonymous tip-line is an important step in increasing Metro Government openness and accountability,” said Metro Councilmember Kevin Kramer, the primary sponsor of the tipline ordinance. “I encourage both employees of Metro Government and the people of Jefferson County to learn this number and use it, along with the many other tools, such as www.louisvillecheckbook.com, to help make Metro government a leader in ethics and transparency.”