Robert W. Ralston, Vice-Chairperson
About the Commission
The Ethics Commission conducts its meetings in accordance with the Delaware Code 29 Del. C10001-10005. The Delaware Code applies to a public body when it is engaged in a legislative or advisory function. The code does not apply to the Ethics Commission when it meets to consider a complaint or a request for an advisory opinion, waiver, or personnel issues because consideration of these matters is an executive function under the code. Therefore, although the commission may provide public notice of a meeting, the meeting itself may not be subject to the code. Even when the commission is engaged in a function subject to the code, the commission may conduct all or part of that meeting in closed session as permitted under Title 29.
Public Meeting Minutes
*Next ECRC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 5:30 p.m., New Castle County Government Center, Manager's conference room, 87 Read's Way, New Castle
2019 Meeting Schedule (all meetings are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Route 9 Library and Public Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Avenue, New Castle
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Read's Way, New Castle
Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 10- Noon, Gilliam Building, Multi-Purpose conference room
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, (1-3 p.m.), Gilliam Building, Multi-Purpose conference room
Thursday, August 22, 2019 (10 - Noon), Gilliam Building, Multi-Purpose conference room
The current New Castle County Ethics Code is available on the County's Municode website below:
Statement of Financial Interests
In 1990, the New Castle County Council created an ethics code and an Ethics Commission. The ethics code prohibits conflicts of interest and appearance of impropriety in the conduct of New Castle County public officials and employees. It also requires specified public officials and employees to file Statements of Financial Interest by May 1st of each year on a format provided by the commission. Candidates for county elective office must also file a statement at a date set in the state election code.
Advisory Opinions and Complaints
The ethics code provides authority for the Ethics Commission to issue advisory opinions at the request of public officials and employees, as well as to investigate all complaints of unethical conduct, and to apply sanctions if the complaints are proven. The requests for advisory opinions can be made electronically, but complaints must contain an original signature.
Advisory opinions from 1991 to the present are available for review and download on this website. However, there may be outstanding advisory opinions not yet published.
Forms for Download
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