Leaders invite civic-minded citizens to serve on King County Board of Ethics

March 14, 2012

By Staff

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NEW — 2 p.m. March 14, 2012

Newcastle residents interested in ethics and law can apply for a seat on the King County Board of Ethics, a watchdog group.

The position, for a three-year term on the five-member citizen advisory board, is open to all King County residents.

The board provides guidance on allowable actions and interests defined by the King County Code of Ethics. The board also supports the county policy for the private conduct and financial dealings of public officials and employees to present no actual or apparent conflict of interest between the public trust and private interests.

In addition, the board oversees the administration of transparency programs requiring financial disclosure by elected officials, designated employees, and board and commission members, as well as disclosure by consultants doing business with the county.

The board is also responsible for interpreting the ethics code through advisory opinions and hearing appeals.

Officials said the ideal board member possesses balanced judgment, integrity, and professional training or experience to ensure the ability to deal with complex and sensitive ethics issues. The county encouraged women, disabled people, racial and sexual minorities, and residents from outside of Seattle to apply for the post. Candidates may be interviewed.

County Executive Dow Constantine selects the appointee. Members may be reappointed at the end of their terms.

The successful candidate can expect to spend about four hours per month on board business. Meetings normally occur on the third Monday of each month.

Interested citizens should send a letter of interest and resume via email to board.ethics@kingcounty.gov or by mail to Kelli Williams, Administrator, King County Board of Ethics, 401 Fifth Ave., Suite 135, Seattle, WA 98104. The application materials must be received by March 28

The applicants must attend a one-hour informational interview at the board’s 9:30 a.m. April 16 meeting to be considered for the position. The board meetings in the King County Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle.

Contact Administrator Kelli Williams at 206-296-1586, via email at board.ethics@kingcounty.gov or go to the Board of Ethics website at www.kingcounty.gov/ethics to learn more.

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