Role of Ethics Board

To the Valley News:

The Essex County Board of Supervisors created the Ethics Board as an independent entity charged with ensuring the integrity of the employees and proper execution of public administration within the county. The Board’s jurisdiction, powers, and duties are outlined in the Essex County Law (Local Law 6), which was ratified by the County Board of Supervisors in October of 2010-Who does this law affect?

All county employees, elected or appointed officials, and anyone doing business with the county.

Responsibilities the Board:

1- Render advisory opinions of ethical questions

2- Conduct investigations and hearings of alleged violations

3- Impose sanctions

4- Educate the public about ethics and the ethics board

5- Collect and maintain annual disclosure reports

6- Conduct public meetings

All complaints must be in writing and signed by the person or persons seeking an opinion. Unsigned complaints will be kept on file but no action will be taken to investigate allegations.

Copies of ethics law are available from the county attorneys office upon request. All complaints or requests for opinions should be sent to the county attorney’s office with attention to ethics board.

Michael A. Orticelle

Ethics Board Chair

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