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Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics Was Created Using Several Best Practices; Some Processes Could Be Enhanced, Report No. 13-10, October 2013
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The Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics was created using several best practices. However, the commission could benefit from
  • clarifying commissioner and staff roles and responsibilities to better separate investigative, prosecutorial, and quasi-judicial functions;
  • increasing awareness of conflict of interest issues in commissioner orientation and training and defining the terms bias, interest, and prejudice in procedures relating to disqualification of members from hearings;
  • suggesting consideration of modifications to the county ethics code to address issues related to its expanded jurisdiction over municipalities, lobbyists, and vendors;
  • enhancing commissioner training; and
  • strengthening its performance accountability system by improving performance measures and developing a strategic plan.

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