making local government more ethical

KENTUCKY

Kentucky has two separate ethics commissions. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission follows the state legislative ethics law, which covers four broad subject matters: registration of legislative agents and employers; statements by legislative agents and employers; conduct of members of the General Assembly; and financial disclosure statements of the General Assembly, legislative candidates, and key legislative staff. Moreover, the Commission adheres to the Kentucky Code of Ethics.

The other is the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. The Executive Branch Code of Ethics (code of ethics) created by Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 11A, effective July 14, 1992, establishes the ethical standards that govern the conduct of all executive branch employees. The code of ethics was enacted to promote public confidence in the government of the Commonwealth and its employees. The Executive Branch Ethics Commission, authorized by KRS 11A.060, is an independent agency of the Commonwealth which has been given the responsibility of administering and enforcing the provisions of the code of ethics.

It achieves its mission of ethical conduct in the executive branch by providing education and guidance to executive employees, investigating possible violations, requiring financial disclosure by state officials, regulating lobbyists, and improving the code of ethics.

Contact Information:
Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission
22 Mill Creek Park
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Telephone: (502) 573-2863
Fax: (502) 573-2929

COGEL Members:
Jill LeMaster
Executive Director, Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission
Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: (502) 564-7954
Email: Jill.lemaster@ky.gov

Anthony Wilhoit
Executive Director, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission
Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: (502) 573-2863

Joyce Crofts Assistant Committee
Kentucky Legislative Research Committee
Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: (502) 564-8100

Sarah Jackson
Executive Director, Kentucky Registy of Election Finance
Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: (502) 573-2226
Email: sarahm.jackson@mail.state.ky.us

Point of Interest:

Kentucky is a member of Common Cause, a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Some of the issues Common Cause has addressed are the constitutional requirements for state budgets, keeping Kentucky state judges impartial, and state campaign finance law.

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) is a voluntary association of cities created in 1927, to assist municipal officials in representing the interests of cities and to provide services to members, which will foster improved municipal government in Kentucky. The League provides a comprehensive service program to members, which assists city officials in carrying out the important and challenging task of local governance.

Largest City:

Louisville Metro The Ethics Commission of Louisville Metro Government administers the Code of Ethics as governed by Ordinance 71, Series 2003, for elected and appointed officials. The covered areas include topics from financial disclosure to nepotism to advisory opinions. Its members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Metro Council.

Contact Information:

Janet Black, Metro Human Resources
517 Court Place, Suite 301
Louisville, KY, 40202
Phone:  (502) 574-6426
Fax:  (502) 574-5348
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/Ethics/contact.htm

Largest County:

Jefferson County While the Jefferson County Ethics Commission does not have a website the Jefferson County Code of Ethics is online.

Additionally, it is required by law that every that every city and county have its own code of ethics and commission.

Mitchell W. Goldberg, intern, General Counsel's Office, City of Jacksonville Florida 7/5/07

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