The Mission of the Suffolk County Board of Ethics is to practice and promote ethical literacy and conduct in government through training, transparency, and trust. In order to accomplish the Mission, the Suffolk County Board of Ethics shall maintain confidentiality, adhere to its own Code of Ethics, engage in outreach and training of public officials and employees, and recommend new laws to advance the Mission of ethical compliance.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF ETHICS
Linda A. Spahr, Esq., Chair (click here to view appointing Resolution)
Richard F. Halverson, Ph. D., Vice Chair (click here to view appointing Resolution)
Dennis O'Doherty (click here to view appointing Resolution)
Anthony Parlatore, Esq. (click here to view appointing Resolution)
Eric A. Kopp (click here to view appointing Resolution)
POWER AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD OF ETHICS
Article XXX of the Suffolk County Charter vests in the Board of Ethics the authority and responsibility to:
- Provide ethics training and education to Suffolk County’s public servants;
- Render advisory opinions to Suffolk County’s public servants on ethics and conflicts of interest issues;
- Make financial disclosure statement forms available to persons required to file pursuant to Chapter 77, Article 2 of the Suffolk County Code, and review such statements; and
- Conduct investigations and hearings to determine if ethics violations have occurred and to impose penalties as authorized by local law.
The Administrative laws governing the Board of Ethics are found at Article XXX of the Administrative Code of Suffolk County.
The Suffolk County Code of Ethics is found at Chapter 77, Part I, Article I of the Suffolk County Code
The Financial Disclosure Law is found at Chapter 77, Part I, Article II of the Suffolk County Code.
ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Code of Ethics Booklet
Click here for the Code of Ethics Booklet in letter size format (8 ½ x 11)
Code of Ethics Plain Language Booklet
Click here for the Code of Ethics Plain Language Booklet in letter size format (8 ½ x 11)
Click here for the Code of Ethics Plain Language Booklet in foldable booklet format (5 ½ x 8 ½)
To print a foldable booklet, click on the link above to open the foldable booklet format. Then, click on the Printer Icon, or "Print file," at the bottom of the screen. A window will open with printing options. You must choose to "print on both sides of paper" and "flip on short edge," select the Orientation: "Landscape," and then click "Print."
Note: Booklets are available in hard copy upon request.