Government Ethics Commission

Present Duties

Morrow Crane Building
The Morrow Crane Building in Salem houses the leased central offices of the Government Ethics Commission. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission (OGEC), established by vote of the people in 1974, is responsible for enforcement of government ethics laws. Oregon government ethics laws prohibit public officials from using their office for financial gain and require public disclosure of economic conflict of interest. The OGEC also enforces state laws that require lobbyists, and the entities they represent, to register and periodically report their lobbying expenditures. The third area of OGEC jurisdiction is the executive session provisions of the public meetings law.

The OGEC is a nine-member citizen commission served by nine staff members who focus on regulation and prevention through education.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 3218 Pringle Rd. SE, Suite 220, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-378-5105
Fax: 503-373-1456
General Email: ogec.mail@oregon.gov
Contact: Ronald A. Bersin, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Marie Sheffers 
Records Officer Email: Virginia Lutz
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 171.725–171.785, 192.660, 192.685, ORS Chapter 244
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency