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Advisory Opinions 2018

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2018

AO Number

Section of Law

Subject Matter

AO-2018-1

§77-1, §77-3(C), §77-7

 Definitions, misuse of official office/position, recusal and disclosure.
AO-2018-3
§77-1, §77-3(B), §77-3(C) Definitions, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official office/position.
AO-2018-4 §77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D) Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official office/position, confidential information.
AO-2018-6 §77-3(B), §77-3(C)
Conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official office/position. 
AO-2018-7 §77-5(G) Complimentary ticket to charitable event.
AO-2018-8 §77-5(B) Accepting or receiving any County benefit available generally.
AO-2018-9 §77-3(B), §77-3(C)
Conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official office/position.  
     

Advisory Opinions 2017

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2017
AO Number  Section of Law  Subject Matter

AO-2017-1

§77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D), §77-7 Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2017-2 

§77-2(B), §77-3(C), §77-7 Misuse of official position, misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.
AO-2017-3 §77-2(B), §77-2(E) Misuse of official position, disclosure of ownership interest.
AO-2017-4 §77-6(B), §77-6(I) Two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.
 AO-2017-5 §77-3(C), §77-3(H)
Misuse of official position/office, appearance before  County agency.
 AO-2017-6 §77-3(C), §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-5(G)
Misuse of official position/office, raffles and door prizes, elected official exemption, complimentary ticket to charitable event.
AO-2017-7
§77-3(C), §77-7
 Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.
 AO-2017-9 §77-3(C), §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-3(H)
Misuse of official position/office, raffles and door prizes, elected official exemption, appearance before  County agency.
 AO-2017-11 §77-2(B), §77-2(D)
Misuse of official position, disclosure of ownership interest
AO-2017-12 §77-3(C) Misuse of official position/office. 
AO-2017-13
§77-3(C) Misuse of official position/office.
 AO-2017-14 §77-3(B) Conflict of proper discharge of duties.
 AO-2017-15 §77-4(B) Elected Official dual office holding.
AO-2017-16
§77-3(B), §77-7 Conflict of proper discharge of duties, recusal and disclosure.
 AO-2017-16R §77-1  Definitions.
AO-2017-17 §A30-3 Advisory Opinions.

Advisory Opinions 2016

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2016
AO Number  Section of Law  Subject Matter
AO-2016-1 §77-3(C), §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-5(G) Misuse of official position/office, gifts, raffles and door prizes, elected official exemption, complimentary ticket to charitable event.
AO-2016-2 §77-3(B), §77-3(H) Conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearance before County agency.
AO-2016-7 §77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-4 Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, prohibition on dual office-holding.
AO-2016-8 §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D) Conflict with proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.
AO-2016-8 Clarification §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D), §77-9(B) Conflict with proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information, penalties for offenses.
AO-2016-9 §77-2(B), §77-3(H) Employee ownership interest in a firm, appearance before County agency.
AO-2016-10 §77-3(B) Conflict with proper discharge of duties.
AO-2016-12 §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-5(G) Gifts, raffles and door prizes, elected official exemption, complimentary ticket to charitable event.
AO-2016-13 §77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-4 Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, prohibition on dual office-holding. 
 AO-2016-14 §77-3(K) Prohibition on compelling, inducing or requesting contributions.
 AO-2016-15 §77-3(B) Conflict of proper discharge of duties.
 AO-2016-16 §77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-4 Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, prohibition on dual office-holding.
 AO-2016-17 §77-3(B) Conflict of proper discharge of duties.
AO-2016-19 §77-3(C), §77-5(B) Misuse of official position/office, accepting or receiving any County benefit available generally.
 AO-2016-20 §77-6(A), §77-6(B), §77-6(I) Prohibition on soliciting, negotiating, or accepting employment, two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.
AO-2016-22 §77-3(C), §77-3(H) Misuse of official position/office, appearance before County agency.
 AO-2016-23 §77-3(C), §77-7 Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.
AO-2016-24 §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(I), §77-4(A), §77-5(B), §77-5(D) Conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, appearance as an attorney or counsel against the interests of the county, prohibition on dual officer holding, accepting or receiving any County benefit available generally, acting for any not-for-profit which has business dealings with the County.
AO-2016-25 §77-3(C), §77-3(H) Misuse of official position/office, appearance before County agency.
 AO-2016-26 §77-3(C), §77-3(H) Misuse of official position/office, appearance before County agency.
 AO-2016-27 §77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-2(C), §77-2(D), §77-3(C), §77-7 Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, prohibited ownership interest acquired prior to County service, disclosure of ownership interest, misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

Advisory Opinions 2015

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2015

AO Number

Section of Law

Subject Matter

AO-2015-2

§77-6(A), §77-6(B), §77-6(C), §77-6(D), §77-6(I).

Prohibition on soliciting, negotiating, or accepting employment, two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County, elected official two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.

AO-2015-3

§77-3(C) and §77-7

Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-5

§77-2(A), §77-3(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-7

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, permissible activity in public servant owned firm, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-6

§77-3(B), §77-3(H)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearance before County agency.

AO-2015-8

§77-3(C) and §77-7

Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-9

§77-3(C) and §77-7

Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-10

§77-6(A), §77-6(B), §77-6(C), §77-6(I)

Prohibition on soliciting, negotiating, or accepting employment, two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County,  ministerial matters.

AO-2015-11

§77-2(A), §77-2(B)

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position.

AO-2015-12

§77-6(B), §77-6(C)

Two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County.

AO-2015-13

§77-3(C) and §77-7

Misuse of official position/office, recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-14

§77-7

Recusal and disclosure.

AO-2015-15 §77-3(E), §77-3(G) Gifts, prohibition on soliciting, accepting or receiving any gift or gratuity from a lobbyist.
AO-2015-16 §77-3(E), §77-3(F)

Gifts.
AO-2015-17 §77-3(C), §77-3(E), §77-3(F)

Gifts, misuse of official position/office.
AO-2015-18 §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-3(G) Gifts, prohibition on soliciting, accepting or receiving any gift or gratuity from a lobbyist.
AO-2015-19 §77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D)

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.
 

Advisory Opinions 2014

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2014

AO Number

Section of Law

Subject Matter

AO-2014-3

§77-6(B), §77-6(C), §77-6(I)

Two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County, ministerial matters.

AO-2014-4

§77-3(B), §77-3(H)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearance before County agency.

AO-2014-6

§77-6(B), §77-6(C)

Two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County.

AO-2014-8

§77-6(B), §77-6(C)

Two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County.

AO-2014-10

§77-3(B)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties.

AO-2014-11

§77-3(B), §77-5(E)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, contract for instructing approved emergency medical services training.

AO-2014-12

§77-3(B), §77-3(H)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearance before County agency.

AO-2014-14

§77-3(B), §77-3(H), §77-6(C), §77-6(I).

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearance before County agency,  two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.

AO-2014-15

§77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D).

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.

AO-2014-16

§77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D).

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.

AO-2014-17

§77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D).

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.

AO-2014-18

§77-2(A), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(D).

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, conflict of proper discharge of duties, misuse of official position/office, confidential information.

Advisory Opinions 2013

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2013

AO Number

Section of Law

Subject Matter

AO-2013-2

§77-6(B)

Two year post-employment restriction.

AO-2013-3

§77-2(B), §77-3(H)

Employee ownership interest in a firm, appearance before County agency.

AO-2013-4

§77-6(B), §77-6(I)

Two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.

 AO-2013-6

§77-6(B), §77-6(I)

 Two year post-employment restriction, ministerial matters.

AO-2013-7 consolidated with AO-2013-8

§77-3(C), §77-7

Misuse of official position/office, recusals, elected official recusals.

AO-2013-9

§77-3(C), §77-3(F)

Misuse of official position/office, gifts.

AO-2013-11

§77-3(C), §77-3(E), §77-3(F), §77-5(G)

Misuse of official position/office, gifts, raffles and door prizes, elected official exemption, complimentary ticket to charitable event.

AO-2013-12

§77-3(E)

Gifts.

AO-2013-14

§77-3(B)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties.

AO-2013-16

§77-6(B), §77-6(C), §77-6(I)

Two year post-employment restriction, appearance before County, ministerial matters.

AO-2013-17

§77-4(B)

Elected Official dual office holding.

AO-2013-18

§77-2(B)

Employee ownership interest in a firm.

AO-2013-19

§77-2(B)

Employee ownership interest in a firm.

AO-2013-20

§77-4(B)

Elected Official dual office holding.

AO-2013-21

§77-3(B), §77-3(D), §77-3(H)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, confidential informtion, appearance before County agency.

AO-2013-22

§77-3(B), §77-3(D), §77-3(H)

Conflict with proper discharge of duties, confidential informtion, appearance before County agency.

Advisory Opinions 2012

Rendered Advisory Opinions 2012

AO Number

Section of Law

Subject Matter

AO-2012-2

§77-2(A), §77-2(B), §77-2(C), §77-2(D), §77-2(E), §77-3(B), §77-3(C), §77-3(H), §77-3(L), §77-8

Prohibited interests in firms doing business with the County, misuse of official position, conflict with proper discharge of duties, appearing before a County agency, disclosure of county contracts, influencing legislation.