Public service is a public trust

Sarasota County Government is dedicated to demonstrating a high level of integrity and creating a highly ethical working environment. Employees of the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners are agents of the public they serve and hold their positions for the benefit of the public. To promote the public interest and maintain the public’s trust, employees must:

  • Dedicate themselves to effective and democratic local government by responsible leadership and professional management of county business at all levels;

  • Maintain a constructive, creative and practical attitude toward local governmental affairs and a deep sense of social responsibility as a trusted public servant;

  • Comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations, contractual obligations, as well as policies established by the county commission and county administrator;

  • Be responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ funds by always using county funds and resources in the most efficient, effective manner possible.

Suspected matters of unethical behavior, waste or abuse by county employees will be investigated by the Ethics and Compliance Office.

Employees of Sarasota County Government shall not be subject to retaliation for reports made in good faith alleging fraud, waste or abuse.

It's important to know that the information you provide regarding an allegation may be considered a public record unless confidential pursuant to Florida Statute Section 112.3188 or other applicable law. Your report does not constitute a disclosure pursuant to the Florida Whistleblower's Act.


Report ethics, waste or abuse issues

Contact the Ethics and Compliance Office at 941-861-5000 or

Report suspected fraud

Concerns regarding suspected fraud involving county employees or county operations should be directed to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller, Office of the Inspector General at 855-506-0304.

How to report other matters

Employee harassment, discrimination or labor grievances:
Contact Sarasota County Human Resources at 941-861-5353.

Ethics concerns regarding Elected Officials
Contact the Florida Commission on Ethics at 850-488-7864.