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About the Ethics Commission

Term Length:
# of Members:
Appointing Body:
Party Balance Required?:
Defined In:

Two Years (Two Term Limit)
Five
Board of Selectmen and RTM
Yes
Town Charter - Article X

The Ethics Commission shall receive and consider complaints alleging violations of the Standards of Conduct or any ordinance establishing a Code of Ethics for town officials and employees. The commission also issues general opinions and interpretation of the Standards of Conduct or the Code of ethics.

Duties include:

• Receiving complaints alleging violations of the Standards of Conduct or any ordinance establishing a Code of Ethics for town officials
• Upon sworn complaint or upon vote of three members, investigating the actions and conduct of elected and appointed town officials, RTM members, and employees of the town to determine whether there is probable cause that a violation has occurred of the Standards of Conduct or Code of Ethics;
• Rendering an advisory opinion with respect to any specific relevant situation under the Standards of Conduct or Code of Ethics, upon the request of a principal officer of a department, or any member of a Town authority, board, commission, or committee, or any member of the RTM.
• Considering written requests for advisory opinions referred by a department head with respect to any problem submitted to the department head in writing by an employee in the department
• Adopting regulations to assure procedures for the orderly and prompt performance of the Commission's duties;
• Upon a finding of probable cause, initiating hearings to determine whether there has been a violation of the Standards of Conduct or Code of Ethics;
• Upon finding of a violation of the Standards of Conduct or Code of Ethics, at its discretion, recommending appropriate disciplinary action to the Board of Selectmen or appropriate department heads. .
• Notifying the complaining person and the person against whom the complaint was made that the investigation has been terminated and the results no later than 10 days after the termination of its probable cause investigation.
• At hearings after finding probable cause, affording the person protection of due process as outlined under the “Connecticut Uniform Administrative Procedures Act”.
• Hearings shall be held within 90 days of the initiation of the investigation.
The Ethics Commission may also:

• When necessary, retainin its own counsel, administer oaths and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of persons at hearings and the production of books, documents, records, and papers.