The City of Laurel Ethics Commission was created and established by Ordinance 1249 and passed by the Mayor and City Council in February 1998. In April 2010, the Mayor and City Council revised and adopted changes in the Ethics Commission in Article IV, 2-51 - 2-72 through Ordinance 1674 and on August 23, 2011, the Ethics Commission passed Ordinance 1722 to align in accordance with the new State Ethics Regulations passed in 2011. Ordinance 1936, Ordinance 1937 and Ordinance 1938 were passed in 2019, to clarify the requirements regarding the filing of Financial Disclosure Statements. The Commission is made up of five (5) citizen members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council . The Chair of the Commission is elected annually by members of the Commission.
The Commission is charged with investigating ethics violations within the City and to ensure that all elected and appointed City officials, and all City employees, act in the best interests of the City in the performance of their official duties, and to foster a high level of trust and confidence in the citizenry with regard to the functioning of the City government.
The Commission meets quarterly, on the fourth Tuesday (January, April, July, October) or, on demand, whenever an ethics issue is brought to the attention of the Commission.
Advisory Opinions Issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission
Copies of all Advisory Opinions issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission (with identifying names deleted) are provided below:
Ethics Hearings Decisions Issued by the Laurel Ethics Commission
Copies of Decisions resulting from public final hearings on alleged Ethics Ordinance Complaints are provided below: