If the Commission holds an adjudicatory hearing, the Commission must:
The Commission may:
The subject of the complaint and the County are the parties to the hearing. Each party may be represented by counsel and may present evidence and cross-examine witnesses. The prosecutor may be an attorney in the County Attorney's office, or a special counsel. The Commission may admit and give appropriate weight to evidence, including hearsay, that possesses probative value commonly accepted by reasonable and prudent persons.
Hearings are closed to the public, unless the subject of the complaint requests that it be open.
The Commission must make written findings of fact and conclusions of law based on the record made at the hearing. If the Commission finds that no violation occurred, the Commission must dismiss the complaint.
If the Commission dismisses a complaint without holding a hearing or after holding a closed hearing, the Commission may not release to the public the identity of the subject of the complaint, the complainant, or any witness.
If, however, the Commission finds that a violation has occurred, the complainant and the subject of the complaint must be promptly notified of the Commission's findings and conclusions and the disposition of the complaint. The Commission must publicly disclose its findings and conclusions, including the identity of the subject of the complaint, the complainant and the witnesses.
If the Commission finds a violation, the Commission may:
The Commission may also refer to an appropriate prosecuting attorney any information indicating that a criminal offense may have occurred.