Ethics Commission

Ethical Government is Everyone's Responsibility

Any person with knowledge of a Pierce County Ethics Code violation by a county employee, or any person dealing with Pierce County government, may file a complaint with the Pierce County Ethics Commission.
It is the Commission's duty to examine questionable behavior, as defined by the Pierce County Ethics Code, and to resolve complaints.

Pierce County's Ethics Commission exists as a non-biased resource for the community and can provide information and solutions. Print Brochure

How the Process Works

To file an Ethics Code violation, fill out the complaint form. Mail to: Hearing Officer, Pierce County Ethics Commission, 2522 N Proctor Avenue Number 184, Tacoma, WA 98406.

All complaints are confidential unless and until a violation is found.

A Hearing Officer will decide if there is probable cause that a violation of the code has actually occurred.

Additional forms can be obtained at the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, 738 Broadway, Suite 400. Tacoma, WA 98402 or by contacting the commission.


Regularly scheduled meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at 4:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Branch of the Tacoma Public Library, 3722 N 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407 Google Map. Library Phone: (253) 617-7811.

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  • January 11, 2017
  • February 8, 2017
  • March 8, 2017
  • April 12, 2017
  • May 10, 2017
  • June 14, 2017
  • July 12, 2017
  • August 9, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • October 11, 2017
  • November 8, 2017
  • December 13, 2017
Meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.

For more information: Pierce County Code of Ethics Chapter 3.12

If you would like to apply for the next Ethics Commission vacancy, please complete the application form and return to the Office of the Executive.
Commission Members Term Expires Term
Marlo Oesch, Chair March 15, 2018 2nd term
Tim Malarchick July 9, 2019 2nd term
Gabriel Landry June 30, 2019 1st term
Hal "Eben" Gorbaty August 31, 2019 1st term
Peter Donor   1st term
Hearing Officer Term Expiration
Ronald E. Culpepper December 31, 2017