Annual Financial Disclosures for the previous year are due by April 30th of the subsequent year.
Correspondence can be mailed or faxed to:
Cecil County Ethics Commission
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2800
Elkton, MD 21921
For general information about filing or reviewing forms, you may contact Human Resources at 410-996-5250.
PLEASE BE ADVISED:
The Ethics Commission meets quarterly per the schedule below, meetings start at 4:30 PM in the Rising Sun Room at the County Administration Building. Special sessions will be held as required. 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.
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:
- Robert Boonstoppel, Chair - Term expires July 2020
- William De Freitas - Term expires August 2022
- Bradley Moore - Term expires December 2023
- Wyatt Wallace - term expires October 2021
2020 Meeting Schedule
- January 29, 2020 - Special Session Closed Meeting
- February 10, 2020
- May 11, 2020
- August 10, 2020
- November 19, 2020
Purpose and Responsibilities
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:
- 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
- Being regulated by or subject to the authority of Cecil County, or
- Being registered as a lobbyist under Chapter 39.
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
- Cecil County Government Employee Ethics Training
- Monthly Payments Over $500
Forms, Requirements and Instructions
- Ethics Complaint Form
- Lobbyist Registration Cover Letter
- Lobbyist Disclosure Requirements & Instructions
- Form L-1: Lobbyist Registration Statement
- Form L-2: Lobbyist Gift Disclosure Report
- Acknowledgement of Understanding Cover Letter
- Acknowledgement of Understanding Form - Notice to Employees
- Financial Disclosure Form 1 - Instructions
- Financial Disclosure Form 1 - Elected Officials, Candidates & County Department Heads
- Financial Disclosure Form 2 - Cover Letter
- Financial Disclosure Form 2 - Instructions
- Financial Disclosure Form 2 - Qualifying Employees; Appointed members of Boards & Commissions; & County Attorneys for Boards, Commissions, Council & Executive
- Financial Disclosure Form 3 - Advance Notice of Conflict
Lobbyist Forms, Requirements and Instructions
Financial Disclosure Forms and Instructions
Online Annual Forms Completion:
If you experience any difficulty completing the below fill-able forms, we recommend using a different browser; both Chrome and Internet Explorer should allow you to complete the Acknowledgement of Understanding or Financial Disclosure forms 1 and 2 online. You may then save the file and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: Cecil County Ethics Commission Financial Disclosures Submission Policy for Board and Commission Members
It is the policy of the Cecil County Ethics Commission to require a financial disclosure statement from each, and every, county appointed member of every county board and commission. In most cases, that requirement will be met by filing a Cecil County Ethics Commission’s Financial Disclosure, either Form 1 or Form 2. Those board and commission members, who normally file their financial disclosure statements with another governmental entity may submit that statement in lieu of the Commission’s form, as long as it satisfies the requirements of Article V of the county code. However, it is the responsibility of the member to submit the form, it is not the function of the Ethics Commission staff to obtain it on their behalf.