[HISTORY: Adopted by the Legislature of the County of Monroe 11-24-1992 by L.L. No. 6-1992. Amendments note where applicable.]
This chapter is to protect Monroe County employees who make allegations, to the county officials listed in § 8-33 herein, of illegal activity or misconduct.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ILLEGAL ACTIVITY OR MISCONDUCT
- Any action by an officer or employee of Monroe County which is undertaken on behalf of the county in violation of any federal, state or local law, rule or regulation and is economically wasteful.
Any Monroe County employee may in good faith provide information on any matter involving illegal activity or misconduct to:
Any officer or official listed in Subsection A of this section receiving such information of illegal activity or misconduct may conduct his/her own investigation or refer the matter to the appropriate department for a more complete, detailed investigation of the allegations. If any investigation is undertaken by the appropriate authorities, it shall not exceed 120 days to complete.
In conducting an investigation, the county authority shall use best efforts to keep confidential the identity of the person providing the information which initiated the investigation, unless the county authority determines the information was provided other than in good faith. The result of any investigation shall be reported to such other authority as the investigating county authority deems appropriate.
No county officer or employee may, directly or indirectly, use or attempt to use his/her official authority or influence for the purpose of intimidating, threatening, coercing, commanding, influencing or attempting to intimidate, threaten, coerce, command or influence any individual for the purpose of interfering with the right of such individual to disclose information relative to illegal activity or misconduct. Pursuant to this section, "use or attempt to use official authority to influence" includes promising to confer or conferring any benefit or effecting or threatening to effect any reprisal.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to mean a limitation on any grievance mechanism or rights of appeal and/or judicial review currently enjoyed by any Monroe County employee.