The Trenton Ethics Board has adopted Rules of Procedure for proceedings under the Code of Ethics. Under the Code and the Rules, the Trenton Ethics Board can initiate a complaint itself, or can act in response to a formal complaint filed by anyone. To learn how to file a complaint, go here.
The Rules of Procedure provide for a preliminary inquiry to determine whether the complaint is within the Board's jurisdiction or frivolous or without any reasonable factual basis. For well-founded complaints, the Board then conducts a formal investigation, which can include a hearing. If the Board determines by two-thirds vote that a violation of the Code of Ethics has been committed, the Board issues a Final Decision and imposes a penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $500. For employees, the Board may recommend that further disciplinary action be taken, including termination.
Thirty days after a complaint has been resolved by Final Order or Notice of Dismissal, the complaint and allied statements or information obtained by the Board are subject to public disclosure.