Executive Director’s Report – February 8, 2021

Date: February 8, 2021
To: Members of the Ethics Commission
From: LeeAnn Pelham, Executive Director
Subject: Agenda Item 11 – Executive Director’s Report for February 2021

Summary

This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last Executive Director’s Report.

Action Requested

No action is required by the Commission, as this item is for informational purposes only.

Hiring and Staffing Updates

We continue to make progress on our five position vacancies posted in mid-December: Client Support Specialist; Policy Analyst; Investigator; Information Systems Business Analyst; and Audit and Compliance Review Manager. The application period closed for each in January and these recruitments have now entered the interview phase.

The services of Ethics Commission staff members have continued to be requisitioned for the City’s emergency response to COVID19 through the Disaster Service Worker (DSW) program. Since June 2020, both Auditor Manisha Lal and Senior Investigator Thomas McClain have been on full-time extended DSW assignments. Effective February 8, Tommy will move to the City’s Human Services Agency on a permanent basis as he has decided to accept a new position with that department continuing to coordinate the City’s response to address food insecurity. Tommy has been an outstanding member of our staff team for three years, and while we are very sorry to see him move on from his role in our Enforcement division, the City is fortunate that it will continue to have the benefit of his experience and talents. We wish him all the best.

We have received approval from the Mayor’s Office to proceed with filling this vacancy and will report on further developments at next month’s meeting.

Revenues Reports

The table below shows the revenues received by the Commission during the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2020, as of February 5, 2021.

Summary of FY20-21 Revenues

FY 20-21 Budgeted AmountFY 20-21 Receipts as of February 5th
Lobbyist Registration Fees$85,000$90,000
Lobbyists Fines$2,000$1,550
Campaign Consultants Fees$7,000$5,350
Contact Lobbyist and Other e.g., copies made by public$2,450$0
Statement of Economic Interests Filings-Late Fees$1,250$850
Campaign Consultant Fines$2,000$1,900
Campaign Finance Fines (includes late fees and forfeitures)$50,000$18,900
Ethics, Other/ Administrative Fines Levied by the Commission$7,500$32,288
Major Developer Fee$0$500
Total$157,200$151,338

I look forward to answering any questions or providing further information at the upcoming Commission meeting.

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