Eric Fillman, ethics expert, will lead effort to ensure integrity in Office of Attorney General
Attorney General-Elect Josh Shapiro today announced that Eric Fillman, Esq., an ethics reform expert, will become the first Chief Integrity Officer in the history of the Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General.
As Chief Integrity Officer, Fillman will create and direct regular training for all employees in the Office of Attorney General, and help ensure fairness, ethics and transparency in the office. Fillman will report directly to the Attorney General.
Fillman has spent his legal career in government service, and currently serves as Counsel to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Ethics. In that role, Fillman helped create regular ethics education for House members and staff. For the past six years, Fillman ran the House Democratic Caucus ethics program – while also advising the bipartisan House Committee on Ethics.
“Public service is a public trust, and I am committed to ensuring integrity, fairness and ethics to the Office of Attorney General,” Shapiro said. “Given his deep expertise in ethics and reform, Eric Fillman is the best person in Pennsylvania for this new role of Chief Integrity Officer. I am delighted to announce that Eric has agreed to join our team.”
Shapiro said that Fillman’s first task upon becoming Chief Integrity Officer will be to develop a Code of Conduct to be signed by every employee in the Office.
“Ethics, integrity, professional responsibility and transparency are integral to the reputation of the premier law enforcement agency in our Commonwealth,” Fillman said. “I’m deeply honored that Attorney General-elect Shapiro has given me the responsibility of serving as the office’s first Chief Integrity Officer.”
“Establishing a clear sense of ethics and expectations will help everyone carry out the public’s charge and ensure Pennsylvanians know that the staff of the Office of Attorney General is working hard for them,” Shapiro said.
Fillman, 54, a graduate of LaSalle College and Widener University School of Law, is a father of four children and resident of Paxtang Borough, Dauphin County, where he is involved in an array of community causes.
The announcement of Fillman’s appointment comes as Attorney General-Elect Shapiro continues his statewide transition tour of Pennsylvania cities and towns, Setting the People’s Priorities, prior to his swearing in on January 17th. In the last two months, Shapiro has gone to Allentown to participate in a community forum on the heroin and opioid epidemic, to North Philadelphia for a forum on gun violence, and to Scranton for a community meeting on financial scams and abuse of senior citizens. Shapiro will host forums next week on consumer protection in Pittsburgh and the heroin and opioid epidemic in Johnstown.
“To be the People’s Attorney General you need to listen and know what’s happening outside the halls of power,” Shapiro said. “We’re continuing this new approach to a transition process to put the people’s priorities first. With these forums, I’m hearing the public’s concerns directly from Pennsylvanians, just like I did all last year.”
Josh Shapiro was elected Pennsylvania’s 6th elected Attorney General on November 8, 2016. Shapiro promised to be the People’s Attorney General and is working to implement a reform-focused agenda to tackle labor, environmental and consumer issues, along with strong protections for individual rights and innovative approaches to other issues.