By: Amanda Sundquist
Statements of Financial Interest are not just for candidates running for office. Public officials (individuals currently serving elected or appointed offices) and certain public employees are required to annually file the Statement by May 1st. Local (county, township, borough, or school district) public officials and employees file their Statements in their local political subdivision where they hold office or work.
It is important to remember that the obligation to file does not end upon leaving office or employment. The Statements are “look back” forms like tax forms. As the current year’s form covers the prior year, public officials and employees have a continuing obligation to file the Statement the year following the termination of service. Failure to file may result in an investigation by the State Ethics Commission, or possible financial or criminal penalties personal to the official or employee.
If you have questions on how to complete your Statement or which of your officials or employees should be completing the Statement, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.