The Office of Law provides staff support to the Ethics Commission (County Code, Art. 3, sec. 3-3-1003).
Annually, the Commission submits a report to the State Ethics Commission, showing County compliance with State law governing the public ethics of local officials with respect to conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbying (Code General Provisions Article, secs. 5-804 through 5-812).
Appointed by the County Executive with County Council consent, the Ethics Commission consists of five members who serve three-year terms, beginning on June 5. The County Executive with County Council consent designates the chair for a one-year term (County Code, Art. 3, secs. 3-3-1001 through 3-3-1005).
The State's Attorney prosecutes and defends, on the part of the State, all criminal cases in Baltimore County in which the State may be interested (Code Criminal Procedure Article, secs. 15-101 through 15-109, 15-404).
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