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Ethics Advisory Opinions
Title 4 of the Cuyahoga County Code ("Ethics Law") designates the Agency of Inspector General as the ethics investigative officer for Cuyahoga County. In an effort to prevent violations of the Ethics Law, the Agency of Inspector General will periodically publish broad advisory opinions offering guidance to County employees, contractors and lobbyists on the Agency of Inspector General's interpretation of certain provisions of the Ethics Law. County employees, contractors or lobbyists seeking ethical guidance on a specific situation should contact the Agency of Inspector General directly.
The following is a list of the broad ethics advisory opinions issued by the Agency of Inspector General. The opinions rendered in these memorandums are solely the opinions of the Agency of Inspector General with regard to its interpretation of the Ethics Law. These opinions expressly do not address the application or enforcement of any corresponding Ohio Revised Code Sections. Nor are these opinions binding on any external entity, including, but not limited to, the Ohio Ethics Commission.
Employee Contribution to Political Campaign - IGADV-0006
This opinion addresses the question of whether a County Employee's contribution to the political campaign of a County Elected Official violates any provision of the County Ethics Law.
Accepting a Ticket to a Charitable Fundraising Event - IGADV-0005
This opinion addresses the question of whether a County official's or employee's acceptance of a ticket to a charitable fundraising event violates any provision of the County Ethics Law.
Secondary Employment - IGADV-0004
This opinion provides guidance on the prohibitions under the Ethics Ordinance relating to secondary employment or private business activities by County employees.
Contractor Registration - IGADV-0003
This opinion offers guidance on the Agency of Inspector General's interpretation of the requirements relating to contractor registration and reporting under the County Ethics Law.
Holiday Gifts - IGADV-0002
This opinion provides guidance to County employees, contractors and lobbyists regarding the limitations on the giving and receiving of gifts contained in the County Ethics Law.
Attendance at Private Reception - IGADV-0001
This opinion addresses the question of whether a County official's or employee's attendance at a private reception violates any provision of the County Ethics Law.