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Ethics Commission Membership
Member Appointment
The Ethics Commission is comprised of five members who are appointed by no less than a two-thirds vote of the Council. Each member must be a registered voter in the City of San José and have some demonstrated familiarity and experience with campaign laws.  Membership on the Commission should be representative of the community. Members of the Commission are appointed to four-year terms and may serve a maximum of two terms.

Member Rules
Members of the Ethics Commission may not be employed by the City; nor have any direct or substantial financial interest in any business, work or official action taken by the City. While serving on the Commission, no member can hold any other public office nor publicly endorse any candidate for City office or engage in any political or campaign activity on behalf of any candidate for City office. Further, no member can participate as a candidate in any election to public office for a period of one year before and after tenure on the Ethics Commission.

Appointment Process
Following posting and distribution of a Notice of Vacancy, all applications received by the deadline will be submitted to the Mayor and Council Members who will notify the City Clerk as to whom they would like to interview. Applicants receiving four or more such indications of interest will be notified and asked to appear during a regularly scheduled Council Meeting to be interviewed by the Mayor and Council Members. Following interviews, the Mayor and Council Members cast written ballots, which are read into the record by the City Clerk. Applicants must receive a two-thirds vote of Council (8 votes) to be appointed to serve on the Ethics Commission.