Karen L. Nober, Executive Director

Welcome to the Ethics Commission website. The mission of the Ethics Commission is to foster integrity in public service in state, county and local government, to promote the public’s trust and confidence in that service, and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties.  We strive to accomplish this mission by conducting ongoing educational programs, providing clear and timely advice, and fairly and impartially interpreting and enforcing the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws.

The conflict of interest law applies to state, county and municipal employees.  In addition, if you provide services to the state or to a county or municipal government, you may be subject to the conflict of interest law.  The conflict of interest law addresses circumstances where public employees’ private business, family or other interests conflict with their public responsibilities.  The financial disclosure law requires elected state and county officials and state and county employees in “major policy-making positions” to annually disclose their private financial interests on forms submitted to the Commission.

Information about the Commission and about the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws is available on our homepage.  I encourage you to explore our website and to call the Commission at 617-371-9500 if we can be of service to you.  My staff is available to answer general questions about the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws and to assist you with the following:

   Obtaining free, confidential advice;
   Filing a complaint;
   Filing your statement of financial interests;
   Fulfilling your education and training requirements; or
   Scheduling a public education seminar.

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in the work of the Commission.  Please call us and let us know how we can assist you.