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About the Commission

About the Commission

The Commission shall consist of five (5) appointed members. Appointments to the Commission shall be made by each Board District and confirmed by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners shall serve three-year terms which shall be staggered. The initial Commissioners shall be appointed to terms of one, two and three years respectively. Two of the initial Commissioners shall be selected by random lot to serve a three-year term; two Commissioners shall be selected by random lot to serve a two-year term; and one initial Commissioner shall be selected to serve a one-year term. Thereafter, all Commissioners shall serve a term of three years, except that members selected to fill a vacancy caused by other than the regular expiration of a term shall serve only for the remainder of that term.

Commissioners may not serve more than two full terms. A full term shall be defined as a remaining term of 548 days or more. No member who has served two terms shall be eligible for reappointment. A Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Commission shall be selected by majority vote of the members of the Commission. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall each be elected for a one-year term and may be re-elected for not more than a second one-year term.

The Commission shall have responsibility for the impartial and effective administration and implementation of the provisions of the County Campaign Reform Ordinance, Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and Sections 6 and 9 of the Code of Ethics.

Specifically, the Commission shall have the following duties, powers, and responsibilities:

  1. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Commission shall only have jurisdiction over alleged violations by a person of the County Campaign Reform Ordinance, the Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and Sections 6 and 9 of the Code of Ethics.
  2. The Commission shall serve as the appellate body for Statement of Decisions.
  3. The Commission shall review the Executive Director’s quarterly reports of activity before submission to the Board of Supervisors.
  4. The Commission shall review the Executive Director’s annual training program and manual before submission to the Board of Supervisors.
  5. The Chair of the Commission shall prepare an annual report summarizing Commission activities. This report shall be reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the Commission and presented to Board of Supervisors as an agenda item at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.
  6. A Commissioner shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications, that is, any communications to or from the Commissioner outside the presence of the parties concerning a pending or impending investigation, enforcement proceeding, or appeal, and shall make reasonable efforts to avoid such communications.

Qualifications of Commissioners

  1. Each Commissioner shall be a registered voter of the County.
  2. During his or her tenure, a member of the Commission and the Executive Director may not hold an elected or appointed public office, including, without limitation, any elective office in any jurisdiction and shall not be an employee of any holder of an elected or appointed public office, any member of a public body whose members are appointed by an elected official, or any employee of such public body.
  3. If a Commissioner, during their term of office, desires to participate in the campaign of, or publicly support or oppose, a County Candidate or Elective County Officer, such Commissioner shall first resign from the Commission. Failure to resign before such participation or support shall be grounds for removal from the Commission.
  4. No Commissioner shall during their term as Commissioner or during the previous ten (10) years prior to their commencement of their term employ or be employed by a person who is acting as a County Lobbyist, as that term is defined in the County Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance or have been a registered State Lobbyist or Federal Lobbyist.
  5. No Commissioner shall have been, during the previous ten (10) years, an Elective County Officer, a County Agency/Department Head, or a County Executive Manager.
  6. No Commissioners shall have been, during the previous ten (10) years, an elected or appointed official of a national, state or local partisan political (central) committee.
  7. 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.
  8. No person may serve as a Commissioner whose profession, occupation, or employment consist of (i) providing services to candidates for public office or to elected officials within the County of Orange; (ii) 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 operating within the County of Orange; and (iii) employment within the past ten (10) years with the County of Orange, or with any Joint Powers Authority or with any Special District operating within Orange County, or with any employee representative organization whose members are employees of the County of Orange.
  9. 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.
  10. No person who proposed, sponsored or co-sponsored the measure establishing the Commission may serve on the Commission for ten (10) years from the date of this article’s enactment.

Removal of Commissioners

Commissioners may be removed for substantial neglect of duty, misconduct in office, inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office or violation of the provisions of this article. A Commissioner who is the subject of a removal proceeding will be given an opportunity to address the Commission at a public hearing after written notice of the grounds on which the removal is sought and an opportunity for the Commissioner to present his or her case against removal to the Commission. If the Commission votes in favor of removal, the Commission will recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the subject Commissioner be removed. Upon recommendation of the Commission, the Board of Supervisors may remove a Commissioner by a majority vote. Notwithstanding the foregoing provision, if the Commission fails to hold a removal hearing as described in this section, the Board of Supervisors may, by a four-fifths vote, remove a Commissioner at any time, with or without cause.

Compensation; Expenses

The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation and shall be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance with Board of Supervisors policy, as amended from time to time.

Apply to be a commissioner:

If you meet the 10 qualifications to be a Commissioners please fill out the following form here.