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Executive Director’s Report for May 2024


Date: May 6, 2024

To: Members of the Ethics Commission

From: Patrick Ford, Executive Director

Subject: Agenda Item 4 – Executive Director’s Report

Summary and Action Requested

This report provides various programmatic and operational highlights since the last report.

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

Staff News

On May 6, 2024, Cesar Delgado was appointed to the Audit Manager position which has been vacant since April 22, 2024.  In this role, Cesar will provide leadership and support to the Audit Division to help ensure that its programs and operations are effective.

Cesar joined the Commission as an Auditor in November 2021. He has over 20 years of experience as an Auditor with the Political Reform Audit Program at the California Franchise Tax Board, where he conducted audits of various state and local political entities. He also served previously as a Political Reports Specialist with a political law firm, where he filed required disclosure reports with state and local regulators. We look forward to onboarding Cesar in this new role.

Recruitment Update

Staff is currently focused on recruitment activities for the Director of Enforcement position, which became vacant on January 29, 2024. This position will be responsible for leading the Enforcement team and the division’s initiatives. This vacancy was posted at the beginning of April and has since closed. The recruitment is currently in the candidate selection phase.

Form 700 Legislation Approved by the Board of Supervisors

Ethics Commission staff have been working with Supervisor Chan’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office to pass legislation that will make it easier for City departments to have employees with purchasing authority under Proposition Q file their Form 700s, as is already required. This legislation (File #240016) was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 30. In addition to updating and clarifying the process for Form 700 filers with Proposition Q authority, the legislation also makes several non-substantive corrections to the Code.

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