CENTREVILLE – The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are seeking applicants interested in filling the remainder of Dick Smith’s term on the Ethic Commission. Mr. Smith resigned from the Commission before filing to run for Judge of Orphans Court. Ethics rules do not allow a member of the Commission to serve while running for public office. The open term on the Ethics Commission will expire December 31, 2015. The deadline for applying to the Ethics Commission is March 5, 2014.
According to their Annual Report, the Ethics Commission administers the County’s Public Ethics Law (Chapter 8 of the Queen Anne’s County Code) by encouraging and enforcing compliance with its requirements. The Commission does so by various educational and informational outreach efforts, issuance of Advisory Opinions, consideration and resolution of Complaints, ensuring compliance with public financial disclosure requirements of various County officials and employee’s, and overseeing lobbyist registration and annual reporting requirements
The Ethics Commission consists of five members and one alternate. Commission members serve a five-year term, and the terms are staggered. In this way it is possible to acquire new ideas and perspectives without sacrificing continuity and experience.
The Commission meets formally once a month, usually on the third Monday of each month, in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room in the Liberty Building in Centreville. Members of the public are welcome to attend the open sessions of each meeting. During the open portion of the meeting the Commission discusses the status of financial disclosure reports, ethics training, requests for advisory opinions and other issues, and hears comments from the public. If necessary, the commission also meets in a closed or executive session to conduct confidential business generally including discussion of requests for advisory opinion, complaints and the progress of any investigations and to consult counsel. Hearings on complaints of ethics violations are also handled during closed sessions. All final actions of the Commission are taken in the open portion of the meetings as required by Section 8-8D of the Queen Anne’s County Code.
The Commission is staffed by a part time clerk, Tina Miles, and is advised by an attorney, Lynn Knight, who is appointed by the Commission with approval of the County Commissioners.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume and also need to complete a financial disclosure form. The information should be sent to QAC Liberty Building, Att: Leslie Salvatori, 107 N. Commerce St., Centreville, MD 21617 or emailed to email@example.com. For additional information please call the Clerk to the Commission, Tina Miles, at 410-758-4406 ext. 2021.