Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions

The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission and one vacancy on the Campaign Spending Commission.

The successful Ethics Commission applicants will either fill former commissioner Jacqueline Kido’s term, which expires on June 30, 2015, or commissioner Les Knudsen’s term, which ends on June 30, 2014. Knudsen is resigning at the end of November.

Members of both commissions serve on a voluntary basis. Travel expenses incurred by neighbor island commissioners to attend meetings on O`ahu will be reimbursed.

Applicants must be U. S. citizens, residents of the State of Hawai`i and may not hold any other public office.

The Ethics Commission addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists, and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct). The five commission members are responsible for investigating complaints, providing advisory opinions, and enforcing decisions issued by the Commission. The Hawai`i State Constitution prohibits members of the Ethics Commission “from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns.”

The primary duty of the five members of the Campaign Spending Commission is to supervise campaign contributions and expenditures. Commissioners may not participate in political campaigns or contribute to candidates or political committees.

The Governor will select the commissioners from a list of nominees submitted by the Judicial Council.

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by October 31, 2012 to: Judicial Council, Hawai`i Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813-2902.

Applications are available on the Hawai`i State Judiciary website or by calling the Judicial Council at 539-4702.

For more information, contact the public affairs office at 808-539-4909 or via email at pao@courts.state.hi.us.

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