Filings Related to Potential Conflicts of Interest
Section 176 of the Local Government Code requires certain local government officers to file a Local Government Officer Conflicts Disclosure Statement (Form CIS) (PDF) with the records administrator (for Pantego, this is the City Secretary) of the local governmental entity not later than the seventh business day after the date on which the officer becomes aware of the facts that require the filing of this statement. A “local government officer” is defined as a member of a governing body of a local government entity or a director, superintendent, administrator, president, or other person designated as the executive officer of the local government entity.
Separately, Section 176 requires a vendor who has a business relationship with a local governmental entity to file a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire (Form CIQ) (PDF) not later than the 7th business day after the date the vendor becomes aware of facts that require the statement to be filed. A "business relationship" is defined as a connection between two or more parties based on the commercial activity of one of the parties. The term does not include a connection based on: (A) a transaction that is subject to rate or fee regulation by a federal, state, or local governmental entity or an agency of a federal, state, or local governmental entity; (B) a transaction conducted at a price and subject to terms available to the public; or (C) a purchase or lease of goods or services from a person that is chartered by a state or federal agency and that is subject to regular examination by, and reporting to, that agency.
For the Town of Pantego, these forms should be filed in person or via mail:
Office of the City Secretary
Pantego Town Hall
1614 S. Bowen Road
Pantego, TX 76013
For more information regarding either of these forms, please visit the Texas Ethics Commission. You may also wish to familiarize yourself with former Attorney General Greg Abbott's related advisory opinion GA-0446 or other Attorney General Opinions regarding conflicts of interest. The duty of the Office of the City Secretary in this matter is simply the acceptance and retention of these forms. There is no duty to enforce, inform, or compel regarding the filing of such.