About the Ethics Commission
The Ethics Commission works to identify and report on any potential conflicts in the financial interests of City officials. The Commission reviews statements of financial interest from every elected official, designated official, or candidate for office in the City of Somerville.
Every elected official shall file a statement of financial interests with the Election Commission, to be viewed for accuracy, for the preceding calendar year with the commission. In even-numbered years, the statement of financial interests shall be filed no later than the lasts Tuesday in May. In odd-numbered years, the statement shall be filed no later than the last day for filing nomination papers for the municipal election. Such statements shall be filed during the year in which said official first enters elected office, during each year said official holds such office, and during the first year after said official leaves such office; provided, however, that no elected official shall be required to file a statement of financial interests for a year in which such office was held for less than 30 days.
Every designated municipal official shall file a statement of financial interest for the preceding calendar year with the commission; provided, however, that no designated municipal official shall be required to file a statement of financial interests for a year in which such position was held for less than 30 days.
The Somerville Ethics Commission is composed of five members. Two members shall be appointed by the mayor and subject to approval of the Board of Alderman, one member shall be appointed by the Board of Alderman and subject to approval of the Mayor, one member shall be appointed by the elected School Committee members, exclusive of the ex-officio members, and subject to approval of the Board of Alderman, and one member shall be the Election Commissioner. The Chair of the Commission shall be elected by the members annually and the commission may select other officers from amongst its members as it deems necessary and appropriate, including but not limited to a vice chair and clerk.
- Nicholas P. Salerno
- Fr. Brian McHugh
- John Heymann
- Paula A. Vancini
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