Ethics Board

Roles and Responsibilities:

The Chautauqua County Ethics Board was established in 1990. The board helps ensure that County government is free from improper influence by:

  • prescribing and promulgating rules and regulations governing its internal organization and procedures consistent with the Code of Ethics;
  • reviewing with public officials the disclosure requirements of the code;
  • ensuring proper filing of Financial Disclosure Statements;
  • conducting investigations, hearings and other examinations relating to the Code;
  • recommending and imposing sanctions, penalties, or fines in accordance with the Code;
  • recommending content for training and education of County officers and employees; and
  • preparing an annual report and recommending changes or improvements to the Code of Ethics.

View the Code of Ethics                     

Important Notice about the Statement of Financial Disclosure Form

View the Request for an Extension of Time to File a Disclosure Form


New York State General Municipal Law Article 18 Sections 800 - 809: Conflicts of Interest of Municipal Officers and Employees, also provides disclosure requirements that County officers and employees must follow.

View  Article 18 Sections 800 - 809: Conflicts of Interest

View Guidance from NYS about Conflicts of Interest 


Reporting a Violation:

It is the policy of the Chautauqua County Ethics Board to review all complaints concerning a violation of the Chautauqua County Code of Ethics. If you believe a Chautauqua County officer or employee has violated the Code, please complete and submit the form below.

View the Code of Ethics Violation Reporting Form



  • The Board usually meets once a month in the months of March, May, September and November.
  • All meetings are held in the Gerace Office Building, 3 North Erie St. in Mayville.


Agendas and Minutes:




The board is made up of five members that are appointed by the County Executive and subject to the approval of the County Legislature. Members serve a three-year term and current members include:

  • John Hamels
  • Diane Hannum
  • John Marengo
  • Darlene Nygren
  • Stephanie Stevens