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Cecil County Ethics Commission

2015 Meeting Schedule

January 12

February 16

March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21
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The Ethics Commission meets every third Monday of the month, at 4:00 P.M., usually in the Perryville room at the County Administrative Building. Please be aware that due to the nature of its duties, the Ethics Commission may have to go into Closed Session during its meeting.

"Cecil County, recognizing that our system of representative government is dependent in part upon the people maintaining the highest trust in their public officials and employees, finds and declares that the people have a right to be assured that the impartiality and independent judgment of public officials and employees will be maintained." - Cecil County Code, Ethics, Chapter 39.

Commission Members

The Ethics Commission consists of five members appointed by the County Executive to staggered four-year terms and until their successors are appointed. All members shall reside in and be qualified voters of Cecil County. Not more than three members of the Commission shall be affiliated with the same political party(Chapter 39)

Current members of the Ethics Commission are:
Bruce Hemphill, Chairperson - term expires 12/2014 Valerie Falconi - term expires 12/2015
Joe Cline - term expires 12/2017
Robert J. Boonstoppel  - term expires 8/2016
Mike Dixon - term expires 8/2016


Contact Information

Correspondence can be mailed or faxed to:

Cecil County Ethics Commission
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2800
Elkton, MD 21921

FAX: 1-888-213-4483 

For general information about filing or reviewing forms, you may contact Human Resources at       410-996-5250.

To promote transparency and to promote good government is everybody’s business. The Ethics Commission has asked the Director of Finance to post the following on a cumulative basis according to Chapter 39, the Cecil County Ethics Law:
‘Doing business with’ means:
1. Having or negotiating a contract that involves the commitment, either in a single or combination of transactions, of $5000 or more of county controlled funds, or
2. Being regulated by or subject to the authority of Cecil County, or
3. Being registered as a lobbyist under Chapter 39.


Purpose and Responsibilities

Forms and Instructions


Lobbyist Registration Cover Letter1.pdf

Lobbyist Disclosure Requirements & Instructions

Form L-1: Lobbyist Registration Statement

Form L-2: Lobbyist Gift Disclosure Report

Notice to Employees and Officials re: Ethics Law
Acknowledgement of Understanding

Financial Disclosure Form - Cover Letter

Financial Disclosure Form 1 - Elected Officials, Candidates & County Department Heads

Financial Disclosure Form 1 - Instructions

Financial Disclosure Form 2 - Qualifying Employees; Appointed members of Boards & Commissions; &County Attorneys for boards, commissions, Council & Executive

Financial Disclosure Form 2 - Instructions

Financial Disclosure Form 3 - Advance Notice of Conflict 

Ethics Complaint Form

The Ethics Commission, acting under authority of Cecil County and Maryland state law, is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Oversight, retention, review and enforcement of statements of financial and gift disclosure and conflicts of interest for county employees, elected officials, candidates for county office, and Board and Commission appointees.
  • Oversight, retention, review and enforcement of annual registration and gift disclosure requirements for lobbyists.
  • Issuance of advisory opinions regarding ethics rules, regulations, and requirements. 
  • Review and rule on complaints filed alleging ethics violations by persons subject to ethics laws.  
  • Respond to and inform public regarding ethics rules, regulations, and requirements.
  • Certify to State Ethics Commission annually that county is in compliance with state mandated standards.


Cecil County Code, Chapter 39

Ethics Commission Member Duties

Ethics Commission FAQs 2011

Monthly Payments Over $500


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