Board of Ethics

Mission Statement

The Board of Ethics was established in 1969 with the purpose of adopting ethical standards for all town officials and employees. Pursuant to the Charter of the Town of Hamden, the Board is also charged with the responsibility of receiving and investigating complaints, holding hearings regarding potential violations of the code of ethics. The Board serves as an advisory capacity to the Mayor and other town officials by rendering advisory opinions as to whether a violation of the Town Charter has occurred.

The Board strives to convey to all town employees the importance of pursuing the highest degree of integrity and honesty. Public office is a public trust. The trust of the public is essential for government to function effectively. Public policy developed by governmental officials and employees affects every citizen of the municipality, and it must be based on honest and fair deliberations and decisions.


  • 7 p.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of every other month
  • Hamden Government Center
    1st Floor Conference Room
    2750 Dixwell Avenue
    Hamden, CT 06518

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Complaints & Advisory Opinions

The Complaint form is to be used by any person to submit a complaint to the Board of Ethics regarding a violation of the Town Charter, federal, state, or local law or Hamden Code of Ethics. When completed, place in a sealed envelope marked "confidential" and hand-deliver or mail to Hamden Town Clerk's office c/o the Board of Ethics 2750 Dixwell Avenue Hamden, CT 06518

The Request for Advisory opinion may be used by a town employee or official. Please refer to the Town's code of ethics, the Charter rules for the Board; instructions are available in the 2014 code of ethics and 2014 rules (available on the town's website).

This form is to be used to request an advisory opinion from the Board of Ethics. It is not to be used to file a complaint. *When completed, please print, mark as “confidential,” sign, and hand deliver or mail to Hamden Town Clerk's office c/o the Board of Ethics 2750 Dixwell Avenue Hamden, CT 06518 

Documents & Forms


This board consists of three members, with not more than two of the same political party.  The three-year appointments are subject to approval by the Legislative Council.

Philip G. Kent, Chair
Edward Simon (Alternate)
Dolphuss Addison
Jean Larson (Alternate)
Ann Pari
Ellen Rosenthal
Patrice LeMoine, Clerk