Any person with knowledge of a Pierce County Ethics Code violation by a county employee, or any person dealing with Pierce County government, may file a complaint with the Pierce County Ethics Commission. It is the Commission's duty to examine questionable behavior, as defined by the Pierce County Code of Ethics 3.12, and to resolve complaints. Pierce County's Ethics Commission exists as a non-biased resource for the community and can provide information and solutions.
The Pierce County Ethics Commission is composed of five Pierce County residents per Pierce County Ethics Code 3.12.070. You may apply to be a future member of the Ethics Commission by clicking the 'Apply Online' button below. New members are selected when a current member's term expires. See the 'Current Members' section for upcoming term expirations.
LOCATION UPDATE Upcoming meetings of the Pierce County Ethics Commission will take place via Zoom and at the Wheelock Branch of the Tacoma Public Library (3722 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407), the Swasey Branch of the Tacoma Public Library (7001 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406), OR the University Place Branch of the Pierce County Library (3609 Market Pl W, University Place, WA 98466). Please reference the specific meeting date under 'Meetings' above for the physical location.
To file an Ethics Code complaint, fill out the complaint form. Mail to: Hearing Officer, Pierce County Ethics Commission, 2522 N Proctor Avenue Number 184, Tacoma, WA 98406.
Complaint forms and other materials submitted as part of an Ethics complaint are considered public records under the Washington State Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) and will be made available to the public if requested and not otherwise exempt under state law. Please do not provide any information in your complaint that you would not want to be made public.
To the extent possible under state law, the Hearing Officer is required to maintain confidentiality regarding the complaint, the investigation, and findings. The Hearing Officer will decide if there is probable cause that a violation of the code has actually occurred.