Summary of Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics Meeting Held on January 11, 2018

The Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics (COE) took the following actions at its monthly public meeting held on January 11, 2018.

Four complaints were heard in executive session. The complete files are published on the COE website at: http://www.palmbeachcountyethics.com/complaints.htm.

 

C17-030After considering the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate, the COE found no probable cause existed and dismissed the complaint.

C17-031After considering the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate, the COE found no probable cause existed and dismissed the complaint.

 

C17-027After considering the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and statements of the COE advocate and respondent’s attorney, the COE issued a letter of instruction and dismissed the complaint   

 

C17-002The COE reviewed and considered the investigative report, probable cause recommendation, and the statements of the COE advocate and respondent’s counsel. The COE found that probable cause exists and will set the matter for a final hearing.    

 

Two advisory opinions were approved. The full opinions are published and available at: http://www.palmbeachcountyethics.com/opinions.htm

RQO 17-024: The president of the town of Briny Breezes Town Council asked if a conflict of interest would exist for a local licensed Realtor to serve on the town’s Planning and Zoning Board (PBZ) and to also act as an unpaid broker for the town on the sale of its cooperative property.

The COE opined as follows: The Realtor would not be prohibited from serving on the PBZ while also acting as the broker for the sale of the town’s cooperative property as long as he does not use his position as a PBZ member in any way to give a special financial benefit to his outside business or a customer or client of his outside business. If a matter before the PBZ would give a special financial benefit to any of the persons or entities specified in §2-443(a)(1-7), he would be prohibited from participating in or voting on that matter. 

 

RQO 17-026: The mayor of the city of Boynton Beach City asked if he is prohibited from having outside employment with the Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce (the chamber).

The COE opined as follows: His employment with the chamber would not create a conflict as long as he does not use his position as the mayor in any way to give a special financial benefit to the chamber or any customer or client of the chamber. He is also prohibited from using his position to corruptly secure a special benefit for anyone. If a matter before the city commission would give a special financial benefit to the chamber or a customer or client of the chamber, he would be prohibited from participating in or voting on that matter

 

A detailed explanation of all agenda items is available at http://www.palmbeachcountyethics.com/meetings.htm.