Mayor Michael A. Nutter submitted a resolution to City Council to confirm the reappointment of Mr. Michael H. Reed to the City’s Board of Ethics. The other members of the five-person Board are: the Honorable Phyllis W. Beck; Sanjuanita González, ESQ.; Brian J. McCormick, Jr.; and JoAnne A. Epps, ESQ.
“As chair of the Board of Ethics, Mike Reed has done a remarkable job leading the Board in its mission to protect the public trust in our City government and in campaigns for elected office,” said Mayor Nutter. “Given his success on the Board, his impeccable credentials and his standing as a respected member of the Philadelphia Bar, I am thrilled to nominate him for reappointment to the Board and look forward to a successful confirmation process by City Council.”
The Board of Ethics is an independent board in charge of providing ethics training for all city employees, enforcing city campaign finance, financial disclosure, and conflict of interest laws, as well as rendering advice, investigating complaints and issuing fines.
“It has been a privilege and an honor for me to serve as a member and then chair of the Board of Ethics. During my time on the Board, I believe significant progress has been made in improving compliance with the City’s public integrity laws,” said Michael Reed. “I thank Mayor Nutter for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve Philadelphia and its citizens as a member of the Board.”
The Board consists of five members, appointed by the mayor, who serve fixed and staggered terms of five years. A member may only be removed for cause and needs the support of a majority of City Council to be confirmed. There is no compensation for service on the Board of Ethics.
Michael H. Reed is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group and concentrates his practice in the field of bankruptcy and insolvency law. Mr. Reed is also a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Law Institute. Previously, Mr. Reed served as the president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a past member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Inquiry & Review Board, and the former Chairman of the Professional Guidance (Ethics) Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. An active litigator, he lectures nationally and regionally on bankruptcy matters and has taught at Temple Law School and Rutgers-Camden Law School.