Ethics panel needs vacancy filled

The citizen commission responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government is seeking nominees for filling a vacancy.

The lone “public sector” position on the five-member Pierce County Ethics Commission will be vacant as of Sept. 1.

Nominees must be current or retired public employees.

Other criteria are that commissioners may not hold or campaign for elective office, serve as a political party of committee officer, actively support or oppose candidates for county office, or lobby, employ or assist a lobbyist.

The position to be vacated is held by Michael Chisholm.

Other commissioners are Chair Denise Hood, Gary Jacobson, Richard McGrue and Michelle Sherls.

Appointments to Ethics Commission positions are made by County Executive John Ladenburg.

Those so appointed are subject to County Council confirmation.

Persons interested in being appointed can obtain an application by contacting Giselle Kamieniecki in the Executive’s Office at (253) 798-7477 or via e-mail at:

The commission responds to and investigates citizen complaints concerning questionable behavior by county employees, as defined by the Pierce County Ethics Code.

The commission also serves as a non-biased community resource on matters dealing with ethical conduct.

The Ethics Code can be viewed at