California State Government Code Section 532.35 requires that specified local agency officials receive at least two hours training in ethics every two years. Local agency officials include all County of Santa Clara elected officials and members of boards and commissions. In addition, any newly elected or appointed local agency official must receive two hours of ethics training within one year of taking the oath of office and once every two years thereafter.
To satisfy the legal mandate, the training you receive must cover both public service ethics laws and ethics principles and the content must be in compliance with regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) and the California State Attorney General’s Office. The ethics training for California State officials cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for local officials.
Any compliant ethics training course must provide you with a proof of participation certificate. When you complete your training, please provide a copy of your certificate to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (address below).