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San Diego’s new ethics officer to take on city hall

The head of Mayor Jerry Sander's new Ethics Office, Joanne Sawyer Knoll, Thursday, laid out a strategy to change the culture at San Diego's troubled city hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Sawyer Knoll says in the six weeks since she began work at city hall, she's become aware that problems are not only at the top management level but throughout the workforce.

She plans to do an ethics audit of all city departments, and conduct mandatory ethics training. Her goal is to proactively change the culture of secrecy that allows ethical lapses to go under the radar.

Knoll: "Ethical issues come to people in a number of ways and one is a person sees something that is clearly not right, but because of the culture I the workplace they don't feel comfortable talking about it, I think our office is set to try and remedy that."

Sawyer Knoll says she'll ask every employee to fill out a questionnaire to help detect problem areas. She also plans to compile a "master code of conduct" for the city, available to employees and the public on line. Alison S John, KPBS news.


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