Ethics Commission

The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission administers the Anne Arundel County Public Ethics Law.
Hearing Court Law

Complaint Process

The Ethics Commission reviews complaints from individuals who believe a violation of the ethics law has occurred. 

About the Commission

  • Was created by the voters of Anne Arundel County
  • Administers the Public Ethics Law
  • Provides ethics training to county employees
  • Provides advice to county employees
  • Maintains financial disclosure records
  • Maintains lobbying records
  • Investigates and holds hearings on alleged violations of the Ethics Law

Legislative Policy

"The County Council, recognizing that our system of representative government is dependent in part on the people maintaining the highest trust in County officials and employees, finds and declares that the people have a right to be assured that the impartiality and independent judgment of County officials and employees will be maintained; and that this confidence and trust is eroded when the conduct of the County’s business is subject to improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence." 
Public Ethics Law, Article 7, §1-102, Anne Arundel County Code.

Although scheduled monthly, meetings are only called as needed by the Chair. Please contact the Ethics Commission office to confirm a particular meeting is being held prior to attending. If held, meetings will have a short 'open and public' session that is open to everyone and afterwards the meetings are 'closed' to discuss confidential ethics matters including complaints and pending opinions. Anyone wishing to speak or submit any documents or materials at a meeting must pre-register with the commission secretary.

The seven member commission usually meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Heritage Office Complex , 2666 Riva Road, Suite 160, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Who to contact if you have a LEP request for assistance?

If English is not your primary language and you have difficulty communicating effectively in English, Anne Arundel County Government will make every reasonable effort to ensure meaningful access to its government services, activities and programs to all members of our community. Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English may be entitled to language assistance with respect to a particular type or service, benefit, or encounter. In light of the above, if you have limited English proficiency and need an interpreter and/or translation of a County Government document in order to gain meaningful access to Anne Arundel County Government programs, services or benefits, please contact either one of the following individuals:    

Alison Flores - Multicultural Affairs Officer    
Arundel Center - 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD. 21401    
(410) 222-0319 (Office Phone)
The Office of Equity and Human Rights 
Arundel Center - 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD. 21401    
(410) 222-1550 (Office Phone)    

¿A quién contactar si tiene una solicitud de asistencia de LEP? Si el inglés no es su idioma principal y tiene dificultades para comunicarse eficazmente en ese idioma, el Gobierno del Condado de Anne Arundel hará todos los esfuerzos razonables para garantizar un acceso significativo a sus servicios, actividades y programas gubernamentales a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad. Las personas que no hablan inglés como su idioma principal y que tienen una capacidad limitada para leer, hablar, escribir o entender inglés pueden tener derecho a asistencia en el idioma con respecto a un tipo particular de servicio, beneficio o encuentro. A la luz de lo anterior, si tiene un dominio limitado del inglés y necesita un intérprete y/o traducción de un documento del condado para obtener un acceso significativo a los programas, servicios o beneficios del Gobierno del Condado de Anne Arundel, comuníquese con cualquiera de los siguientes Individuos:    
Sergio Polanco, Oficial de Asuntos Multiculturales    
(410) 222-0718   
The Office of Equity and Human Rights 
(410) 222-1550