A Year After Voters Created County Ethics Panel, Selection Begins

A year after voters overwhelmingly approved creation of a county ethics commission, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday began taking applications for the commission’s five members.

Each member of the Board of Suprvisors will select one of the ethics commissioners. How and why each supervisor decides who to select will not be public, but a majority of the full board will confirm the selections in an open meeting.

Prospective commissioners cannot be elected officials or lobbyists or run for office or help with a campaign while serving on the commission, among other restrictions. Each commissioner is limited to serving two, three-year terms. Commissioners receive no pay but are reimbursed for official travel and other job-related expenses. To apply, prospective commissioners should fill out a form here.

The five commissioners will provide oversight of the county’s Campaign Reform Ordinance, Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and sections six and nine of the County Code of Ethics and Commitment to Public Service.  Commissioners also will ensure ethics training is provided to newly elected and appointed county officials.

In March, the supervisors chose Denah Hoard, the senior assistant city attorney for Orange, as the commission’s executive director.

The full list of Commissioner qualifications:

  • Must be a registered voter in Orange County
  • Commissioners and the Executive Director may not hold an elected or appointed public office and shall not be an employee of a public official, the member of a public body whose members are appointed by an elected official, or any employee of such public body.
  • Commissioners must resign before participating in political campaigns for county candidates or office
  • No Commissioner shall during their term, or during the previous ten years prior to the start of their term, be a county lobbyist or employed by one
  • No Commissioner shall have been, during the previous ten years, an elected county officer, agency or department head or executive manager
  • No Commissioners shall have been, during the previous ten years, an elected or appointed official of a national, state or local partisan political (central) committee
  • A person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving dishonesty, untruthfulness, or any crime involving an election law violation is disqualified from serving as a Commissioner
  • No Commissioners may have a job that includes
    • providing services to candidates for public office or to elected officials within the County of Orange
    • engaging in public affairs or legislative liaison services for an employer doing business with the County of Orange, or with any Joint Powers Authority or with any Special District
    • employment within the past ten (10) years with the County of Orange, or with any Joint Powers Authority or with any Special District
    • employment with any county employee unions
  • No Commissioner who has served on the Orange County Grand Jury may serve on the Commission for ten (10) years from the date of this article’s enactment
  • No person who proposed, sponsored or co-sponsored the measure establishing the Commission may serve on the Commission for ten years

Contact Tracy Wood at twood@voiceofoc.org or follow her on Twitter @TracyVOC.

  • Ed Romero

    I know of the perfect candidate for Ethics Commission Director, she was selected once before to represent the County of Orange at the Seminar in Ethics in County Government, she absolutely perfect at least the Board of Supervisors thought so back then, so what if she was caught Shoplifting 8 times, so what if she was Dealing Drugs at the Probation Department, so what if she was Smoking so much Marijuana while on duty that my co-workers gave her the AKA/Marijuana Nancy, so what if she came to the rescue of that former Detention Officer at our Los Pinos Detention Center that was caught Snorting or Freebasing Cocaine while on duty FIRED by the Director and REHIRED by that corrupt Asst. Chief Probation Officer because that former Detention Officer could get that Asst. Chief Probation Officer all the Best Drugs and all the Young Girls, so what if she came to rescue of that Cocaine addicted Deputy Probation Officer that tested positive for Heavy Use of Cocaine, so what if she came to the recuse and PROMOTION of that her Lesbian friend that use to follow the young Female Employees into the Restroom and get down on her knees and PEEK under the door (at what Mister Mark), so what if she was STEALING our co-workers wallets and using the Checks and Credit Cars, so what if she was caught STEALING County Money Bags, so what, so what as Nancy Reagan always use to say. When she attended that Seminar on Ethics in County Government her EVIL BAD REPUTATION followed her up there, she was SNUBBED by the other attendees, when she returned to her vehicle is was plastered with Lesbian Pornographic Pictures. The Board of Supervisors knew all about her back then and still selected her at the urging of that former Chief Probation Officer that use to hang out at the Lesbian Bar in Garden Grove where she would right out a Check to the Bar Owner and the (Mister Mark the Door Man/Woman, would lock the door, turn the lights off, turn the music up and MATTRESS thrown on the Pool Table, what a Filthy Dirty Person she was.

  • Ed Romero

    County Ethics Commission, what a JOKE. Doesn’t anyone in Orange County recall when the Board of Supervisor’s selected that Drug Dealing, Marijuana Smoking, Cocaine Snorting Racist GOP Lesbians to represent the County of Orange at the Seminar on Ethics in County Government. She was caught Shoplifting 8 times, she use to Smoke so much Marijuana while on duty that at times our Probation Records Unit looked like a FOGGY day in Fresno. She came to the rescue of any of her Lesbian Employees that were caught doing Drugs while on duty. She was caught DESTROYING Probation Criminal Records on 2 different occasions. She use to STEAL County Money Bags and Probation Department Employees Wallets and use their Check Books, Credit Cards and steal their cash. She defended that Deputy Probation Officer who was caught SELLING Marijuana 5 times, that Deputy Probation Officer that was arrested 8 times for Drunk Driving and that other one 5 times for Drunk Driving. Everybody knew this and NO ONE dared say a thing about it but ME and it cost me my job and almost my life. To this day the Sheriff Department continues to harass me, but in the end they will lose as they did before when both of those former Sheriff’s ended up resigning. I almost forgot when that Corrupt Racist Asst. Chief Probation was at the Seminar on Ethics in County Government, her reputation followed her up there, she was SNUBBED by other attendees and when she returned to her car it was posted with Pornographic Lesbian Pictures, I was blamed for that but I proved that it wasn’t me.

  • verifiedsane

    Just another BoS controlled paper tiger……The BoS purposely undermined any independent oversight or teeth from this commission the moment they realized this was going to OC voters….

    • LFOldTimer

      The Ethics Commission Director works at the pleasure of the BoS.

      Just like Stephen Connolly did as Director of the Office of Independent Review (OIR).

      He was worthless as a Director. Even the Supervisors finally admitted to that. And he lasted 8 full years!!!


      • verifiedsane

        Connolly was nothing more than oversight window window dressing, while acting as Spitzer’s special paid lap dog…..what astounding hypocrisy that Spitzer is calling out Rackauckas: when he himself is up to his eyeballs in the corruption, cover ups, and secret backroom dealings…

        • LFOldTimer

          You can’t really blame Spitzer for Connolly who was hired by the lamebrain supervisors that preceded him.

          But you’re right about Spitzer calling out Rackauckas. It’s sort of like Dracula calling Frankenstein an a-hole.

          • verifiedsane

            When Connolly was doing his sheriff’s department cover up dance, he reported directly to Spitzer first & foremost…..not the entire BoS…Hutchens and Spitzer are connected at the hip, not unlike Siamese twins….

          • LFOldTimer

            Connolly reported to the entire board. No one supervisor had more control over him than another. All of them were equally guilty of enabling him, with the exception of Shaun Nelson who consistently voted to get rid of him. Nelson was always vocal of his displeasure with Stephen Connolly’s unsatisfactory performance. The others? Oh, once in a while they would question his competence claiming that they learned more about the dark side of the Sheriff’s office through the newspaper than through the OIR. But they all consistently voted to continue his contract even though he was a proven placeholder and tight (not independent) w/ Hutchens, with the exception of Shaun Nelson.

            I concur with your analysis of Spitzer and Hutchens. For Spitzer to lambast Rackauckas and entirely omit Hutchens from the conversation speaks volumes and should raise the eyebrows of any discerning soul who has followed this tawdry county soap opera. Laughable. An intelligent 7th grader could figure it out. had Spitzer assigned partial blame to Hutchens it would have lent him some credibity. As it stands – he’s nothing but a con artist who acts only out of political expedience to increase the value of his own personal political capital.

            Hopefully the Feds will do their job and ferret out the truth and administer justice. For they are the final line of defense. If they fail we’re all royally screwed.

            Honestly, I’m not even cautiously optimistic, I believe the big slimy fish will swim away unhooked. I base my opinion on previous observations.

          • verifiedsane

            You just have to trust me on this, or not..that’s about as much as I’m going to share in a comment section…Connolly reported to the entire board, but when he was being backed into a corner or having a problem…he called Spitzer’s office…

            I was hoping against hope the Feds were going to step in…but it’s not looking good folks…the rot appears to be moving up the food chain…

          • LFOldTimer

            Spitzer was openly critical of Connolly during some board meetings. But when push came to shove he always voted to renew or extend his contract. I don’t listen to their words that closely. Words coming from politicians are meaningless. But I watch how they vote like a hawk. And all of them voted in favor of Connolly except for Nelson who was steadfastly opposed to extending his contracts. Nelson was the only one who deserves a round of applause when it came to Connolly. When it came to renewing or extending his contract it took at least 3 votes and Connolly always got 4. They were all in on it except for Nelson. They used the stupid bogus excuse that if the OIR was left vacant the Feds would come down on them! HAH! The Feds came down on them anyway. We’ll see what happens. If it’s a hand slap we’re all screwed. That would proof beyond a reasonable doubt that we’re living under the authority of a bunch of crooks who are given free rein to govern under the rules of fascism.

  • LFOldTimer

    Ethics Commissioners???

    Don’t you mean ‘proof readers’???

    What a waste of public funds.

  • Jacki Livingston


    Wait…sorry…let me get hold of myse….


    Nope…can’t do it…