About the WV Ethics Commission
The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor. The Commission meets monthly, generally on the first Thursday, and is supported by a small full-time staff (an executive director, three attorneys and administrative support).
Primary Functions of the Ethics Commission
- Investigate, initiate, process and adjudicate Complaints of potential violations of the Ethics Act.
- Draft and issue formal Advisory Opinions regarding the Ethics Act and the Open Government Meetings Act.
- Administer the registration and reporting of lobbyists and publish an annual directory of lobbyists.
- Process the filing and availability of Financial Disclosure Statements for candidates and other public servants who are required to file.
- Respond to inquiries from the media and the public regarding lobbyist registration, Financial Disclosure Statements and the general interpretation of the Ethics Act.
- Educate public servants concerning the Ethics Act and the Open Government Meetings Act.
Commission meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month.
If they have business to conduct, Committees of the Commission meet on the same date on which Commission meetings are held. The Open Meetings Committee of the Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. prior to the Ethics Commission meetings, which begin at 10:00 a.m. The Commission’s ALJ Committee meets at 11:00 a.m. or immediately following the Ethics Commission meeting.
The meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available the Friday prior to each meeting.
Meetings are held at the Ethics Commission Office at:
210 Brooks St., Suite 300
Charleston WV 25301
(304) 558-0664 or toll-free in WV: (866) 558-0664