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|The Bottom Line on Ethics - What Montgomery County Employees Need to Know|
Part 2: Advisory Opinions and Waivers
Sometimes a County employee is unsure about the conflict-of-interest implications of pursuing a particular course of action. The employee can ask the Ethics Commission about this, and the Commission might then issue a formal decision (an Advisory Opinion or a Waiver) in response.
Below are more brain-teasers. In the answers to these are references to the relevant Advisory Opinions and Waivers, which persons interested in further details can then consult on the Ethics Commission website.
Brainteaser 2-2: Mr. Pruffle, who left County employment less than ten years ago, has been offered work with a County subcontractor on a specific matter in which he significantly participated as a public employee. Is Mr. Pruffle allowed to do this work without a waiver from the Ethics Commission?
Brainteaser 2-3: Fogg, a lawyer who is a member of a County Commission, wishes, as part of her ongoing private practice, to represent a client in a case in which the County is an opposing party. Is Fogg allowed to do this work without a waiver from the Ethics Commission?
Brainteaser 2-4:Wardle, a County employee who must file a public financial disclosure, objects to providing information about his wife's holdings and debts, since he and his wife own nothing jointly, filed separate tax returns, and signed a legal agreement specifying that their financial holdings would be held separately. Does Wardle have to reveal his wife's holdings and debts in his financial disclosure statement?