About Us

What We Do

The State Ethics Commission is responsible for interpreting and administering the State Government Ethics Act, including issuing formal advisory opinions, administering the financial disclosure process (Statement of Economic Interest or “SEI” filings), providing education for individuals covered by the Ethics Act, and investigating complaints alleging a violation of the Ethics Act or Lobbying Law. The Commission also interprets all provisions of the Lobbying Law and shares enforcement authority over the Lobbying Law with the Secretary of State’s office.

More information about the Commission's jurisdiction.

Who We Are

The State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission consists of eight members, four Republicans and four Democrats. Four members are appointed by the Governor and four members are appointed by the General Assembly, two upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House.

Name Term Expires Appointed by County
William H. Freeman, Chair (D) 12/31/21 Governor Forsyth
Shirley M. Randleman, Vice-Chair (R) 12/31/22 Senate President Pro Tempore Wilkes 
James L. Baker (R) 12/31/23 Governor Madison 
Carrie B. Cook (D) 12/31/23 Governor Mecklenburg 
Thomas Jeffery Keith (R) 12/31/21 Governor Forsyth
Dr. Clarence G. Newsome (D) 12/31/24 Senate President Pro Tempore Mecklenburg 
Carl J. Stewart (D) 12/31/24 Speaker of the House Gaston 
Thomas Roger West (R) 12/31/22 Speaker of the House Cherokee 

Commission Staff

Name Duties
Kathleen S. Edwards Executive Director
Dottie Benz Investigations, Education
Lisa Johnson SEI Unit Manager
Jameson Marks Counsel
Tracey Powell Reception, Education
Angela Pryor SEI Unit
Mary Roerden SEI Unit
Susanne Sing SEI Unit (MPO/RPO)
David Smyth Counsel

Commission Meetings

The Commission must meet at least quarterly.  Traditionally, Commission meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place in Raleigh and Morganton, NC. Commission meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Law; however, the consideration of advisory opinions and complaints is strictly confidential under the State Government Ethics Act and must take place in closed session.

Office Location

Although our offices are currently located in the Dobbs Building we will be moving back to the Capehart-Crocker House, the Commission's original home, in the next few months. Stay tuned!