Authority of the OIG
Additional Code Provisions
- Authority to File Ethics Complaints
- Debarment of contractors from County work
- Authority to Challenge Qualifications of Certain Candidates for County Office
- Employee Protection Ordinance
- Public-Private Partnerships and Unsolicited Proposals
- Oversight of Procurement
The EPO was amended so that all County employees, regardless of their department, can now report misconduct to the OIG, COE or to the Mayor or his designee without losing the protections provided under the ordinance. A section was also added that provides that the COE or the Mayor or his designee, at their discretion, may refer appropriate complaints to the OIG for investigation.
- Confidentiality: The most important protection provided to the employee under the ordinance (based on state law) is that they can report the information confidentially, i.e., their identity will not be revealed during or subsequent to the investigation. The only exception is in the event criminal charges are filed, then the decision regarding confidentiality will be at the discretion of the State Attorney’s Office and/or a judge.
- Protection from Retaliation: In the event the identity of the complainant is known or discovered, and the complainant feels they are being retaliated against because they have disclosed the misconduct, then they may file for protection with the Administration through the grievance process and if unsatisfied, they may file a complaint with the COE and ask the COE, as an independent body to investigate their retaliation complaint.