The West Virginia Ethics Act authorizes the Ethics Commission to enter into Conciliation Agreements with persons who are subjects of investigations. Such an agreement allows a person to resolve a Complaint by administrative settlement thereby avoiding the inconvenience and expense of a public hearing.
Conciliation agreements may be entered into at any state of an investigation or proceeding. The respondent's cooperation, and the savings of time and expense are matters the Commission considers in establishing the penalties to be imposed.
All Conciliation Agreements are subject to public disclosure. Copies of all agreements can be obtained by contacting the Ethics Commission office.
Conciliation Agreements and Orders with Public Reprimands are listed below. You may access the complete text in .pdf format by clicking on the complaint number.
VCRB 2009-09 and VCRB 2011-04 Respondent Emmett S. Pugh, Mayor, Beckley WV
Grady Bowyer, Former Executve Director, WV Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners
VCRB 2009-33 and CIC 2010-06 Respondent Jeffrey Hutchinson Director, Kanawha County Parks and Recreation.
and VCRB 2009-19. Respondent Robert Daquilante, former Superintendent Ritchie County Schools
CIC 2010-02, Respondent James J. Hoffman, employee, City of Keyser WV
CIC 2008-02, Respondent Ken Merritt, former Elected Sheriff of Wood County WV
VCRB 2011-45,46 Respondent Thomas Taylor, Mayor of White Sulphur Springs WV
VCRB 2010-31, Respondent Deborah Hennen, Assessor or Wirt County WV
VCRB 2011-36, Respondent Mindy Kearns, Mayor, town of Mason WV
VCRB 2009-01, Respondent Martin Shaffer, Council Member, City of Clarksburg WV
VCRB 2010-15, Respondent Sherry Cain, Former Employee, Town of Harpers Ferry WV
CIC 2010-05, Respondent Brent Pauley, Former County Manager, Kanawha County WV
CIC 2010-01, Respondent Mary Jane Bowling, Former Employee, WV Department of Commerce, Workforce WV WV
CIC 2009-02, Respondent Richard D. Raspa, Employee, Monongalia County Assessor’s Office
VCRB 2009-14, Respondent Charles Reider, Member, Harrison County Board of Education
CIC 2008-01, Respondent Ann Neese, Former Mayor, Pratt
VCRB 2008-05, Respondent Henry Paul, Former Mayor, City of Gary
VCRB 2007-11, Respondent Andrew Cheuvront, Sheriff, Wirt County
VCRB 2005-10 and VCRB 2005-10A, Respondent James Ramey, III, Former Mayor, Town of Wayne
VCRB 2006-10, VCRB 2006-13 and VCRB 2006-14, Respondent Gordon Lambert, Member, McDowell County Commission
CIC 2005-01 and VCRB 2005-16a, Respondent William Charnock, Former Public Official
VC 2005-10A and VC 2005-10B, Respondent Roy Dale Grimm, Council Member, Town of New Haven
VCRB 2005-13, Respondent Barbara Bannister, Mayor, Town of Rowlesburg