Dallas is the epicenter for the national tranformation movement. Historically Dallas has been the ground zero for significant social movements that have been both positive and negative. Randy Skinner is passionate about helping Dallas lead the way in the next great positive cultrual transformation.
Randy Skinner served as Chairman of the City of Dallas Ethics Advisory Commission from 2008 to 2016. He was re-appointed by Democratic Mayor Mike Rawlings in 2012, after having been appointed by former Republican Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert in 2008.
Skinner worked closely with City Councilman Jerry Allen to bring a cultural of ethics to City Hall and to ensure that each of the 13,000 city employees are educated and trained on ethical behavior.
During Mayor Leppert’s tenure, he worked closely with Chairman Skinner to bring strong ethical reform to the city of Dallas. Some of the items passed by the advisory commission included the requirement that lobbyists register with the city of Dallas, a limit to the amount of campaign contributions that came from developers, the disclosure of gifts to council members over $50, and two city council members were now required to “second” major zoning cases certifying they had reviewed the details of the case before the matter could be voted on. Mayor Leppert resigned as Dallas Mayor in 2011 in order to run for the Republican nomination of the U.S. Senate. Skinner continued to work with Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Caraway and the city council to prevent a weakening of the campaign contribution guidelines implemented under Mayor Leppert. The chairman worked closely with the Mayor and council members to reverse a vote by the council that weakened campaign contribution laws.
In the fall of 2011, newly elected Mayor Mike Rawlings asked Skinner to remain as chairman of the City of Dallas Ethics Commission and work with Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen for a stronger culture of ethics within the city government.
As a result of Skinner and Councilman Jerry Allen leadership, a Ethics and Diversity Office was created to address Ethics issues for City employees. In May of 2014, an ethics officer was hired by the City of Dallas to work closely with the City Manager on ethical education and reform. Since that time the Ethics Office has completed training over 12,000 city employees using a two-hour training designed by nationally recognized Ethics Consultant Firm, Navigant.
As part of the development of a culture of ethics for the City of Dallas, Skinner began working with SMU School of Ethics, John Maxwell Leadership and Ethics Consultants, and numerous consultants.
Skinner began anew in 2013 working with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to push for tighter ethical reform that included putting guidelines over the Mayor and City Councils office accounts, proper protocol on town hall meetings, guidelines on political activities for employees, and allowing the EAC (Ethics Advisory Commission) to began working on the City of Dallas Election (Chapter 15A) guidelines for office holders and candidates. In March of 2015, Skinner was supported in his work to strengthen ethics in city government by the Dallas Morning News editorial board.
As a result of Skinner’s work with Councilman Jerry Allen, and the City of Dallas Ethics Office, the City of Dallas was nominated for the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award.