Ethics Committee

The Village Ethics Committee's responsibilities are described in the Village Code. Section 2-101(b) of the Village Code provides that:

"There shall be a Village Ethics Committee, which shall be composed of a minimum of three (3) members appointed by the Village Council. Members of the Ethics Committee shall be qualified to vote in Village elections and shall not be members of the Village Council or the Elections Committee. The Ethics Committee members shall serve until the end of the fiscal year in which they were appointed. The Ethics Committee shall have the following responsibilities:

(1) To provide advisory opinions to persons subject to the provisions of Chapter 4 of this Code as to its applicability; and
(2) To make determinations as authorized by Chapter 4 of this Code."

To read in full Chapter 4 of the Village Code, which pertains to Ethics, please click here: Village Code

The Fiscal Year 2022 Village Ethics Committee consists of the following Village residents:

  • Ben Dunford (Taylor St)
  • Marc Efron (Raymond St) (Vice Chair)
  • Alex Ghesquiere (Bradley Ln)
  • Laurie Matthews (Chestnut St)
  • Lorie Mitchell (Cummings Ln) (Chair)
  • Council Member Katie Howard (Taylor St), Liaison with Village Council
You may contact them at

The Ethics Committee developed a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire that became part of a Council-adopted policy regarding taking oaths of office and disclosure of conflicts of interest. See the policy and the questionnaire below.


Maryland Open Meetings Act: Citizens interested in learning about the Maryland Open Meetings Act may wish to take the free online training offered by the University of Maryland. A Certificate of Completion is available after the review. The link to the class is here: Open Meetings Act training – Univ of MD

FY22 Ethics Committee Meetings

04/26/22   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
03/10/22   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
01/25/22   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
12/14/21   Agenda     Minutes  
11/01/21   Agenda     Minutes  
FY21 Ethics Committee Meetings

05/17/21   Agenda     Minutes  
12/01/20   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
11/09/20   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
10/14/20   Agenda   Packet   Minutes  
08/27/20   Agenda     Minutes  
FY20 Ethics Committee Meetings

FY19 Ethics Committee Meetings

FY18 Ethics Committee Meetings

03/25/18   Agenda      
11/12/17   Agenda      
10/22/17       Minutes  
09/24/17       Minutes  
FY17 Ethics Committee Meetings

01/13/16       Minutes  

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