To promote and maintain public trust, Clatsop County is providing citizens a way to share concerns about potential improper government conduct while doing business with Clatsop County.
The Ethics Hotline will give the public, as well as contractors, other public officials and county employees, a tool to report suspected violations of policies or standards.
The hotline is one element of a new policy adopted by the county to promote ethical conduct and accountability among its workforce. The policy details the reporting process, as well as how investigations of complaints will be conducted, and protects those making complaints from retaliation. The county is also developing training and education materials for the Board of Commissioners, employees and advisory committee members focusing on state ethics rules, harassment and other forms of misconduct.
The hotline is maintained by third-party contractor EthicsPoint. It allows citizens to register complaints or concerns by phone or online, 24 hours a day, through a link on the Clatsop County website, www.co.clatsop.or.us. Reports can be made anonymously.