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Ethics Complaints

When a complaint alleging violations of the ethics law is received, the Executive Director will conduct a preliminary investigation and submit a preliminary report to to the Ethics Commission to determine:

  • Whether there are credible facts, which if proven, would constitute an ethics violation
  • Who the respondents may be in any further proceedings
  • Whether the potential respondents are subject to the provisions of the County ethics laws

If the Commission determines that the allegations and evidence presented in the preliminary report do not support a possible finding of an ethics violation, are frivolous, or lack jurisdiction, it shall close the investigation and inform the complainant of its decision.

If the Commission determines that the allegations and evidence presented in the preliminary report may constitute an ethics violation, or if the complaint is not dismissed by the Commission within 45 days of being filed, the Commission shall send a written complaint to the respondents by certified mail, stating the alleged violations of the ethics law and a summary of the facts giving rise to the complaint. The complaint will also be accompanied by a copy of the procedures (PDF) for the investigation, filing and disposition of complaints and a copy of the hearing procedures (PDF). 

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Revised March 17, 2020         

 

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