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 General Information

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).

Operation and Primary Functions of the Ethics Commission

  • Educate public servants about their responsibilities under the Ethics Act via answers to telephone and e-mail inquiries, presentations and classes. and through written materials.
  • Draft and issue formal Advisory Opinions in response to requests from individuals covered by the Ethics Act and the Open Governmental Meetings Act.
  • Administer the registration and reporting of lobbyists and publish an annual directory of lobbyists.
  • Provide for the distribution and filing of financial disclosure statements for candidates and other public servants who are required to file.
  • Oversee the processing, investigation and adjudication of verified complaints of ethics violations.
  • Answer inquiries from the press and public regarding lobbyist registration, financial disclosure filing and the general interpretation of the Ethics Act.

Education, Outreach and Training

        The Ethics Commission staff provides a variety of ethics education programs free of charge.  In addition to conducting training programs for groups of public officials, public employees and citizens, the Commission has pamphlets and guidelines addressing various ethics issues. Many of these materials may be downloaded from this website. 

        If you have questions, need more information or wish to request an Ethics Commission representative to provide training, please write, e-mail or call the Commission.

Click here for training or informational brochures and forms.

Commission Meetings

        Commission meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month.
        Open Meetings Committee meets at 9:30 a.m.
        WV Ethics Commission meets at 10:00 a.m. 
        ALJ Committee meets at 11:00 a.m. or at the end of 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 
        WV toll free: 1-866-558-0664

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