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Conflict of Interest

Conflicts Disclosure Statements Filed by County Officials

In accordance with Local Government Code, Chapter 176.009(a), "A local governmental entity shall provide access to the statements and questionnaires filed under this chapter on the internet website maintained by the local governmental entity."

Required retention of these forms is three years from the date filed.

Joseph Rathmell--County Judge
Joseph Rathmell--County Judge (2023)

Beginning January 1, 2006, a new state law (Chapter 176 of the Local Government Code) requires the filing of conflict of interest questionnaires by certain individuals and businesses. The questionnaires require disclosures describing certain business and gift giving relationships, if any, the filers may have with commissioners court members, the purchasing agent, and other elected/appointed officials.

The new law applies to: businesses and individuals who contract with the County, businesses and individuals who seek to contract with the County, (regardless of whether a bidder is awarded the contract), and agents who represent such businesses in their business dealings with the County.

A copy of the new law is available on the Texas Constitution and Statues web site.
The forms for reporting are available on the Texas Ethics Commission web site.

If you have any questions about compliance, please consult your own legal counsel.

Compliance is the individual responsibility of each individual, business, and agent who is subject to the law's filing requirement. If you are required to file a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire, you should file with the county clerk by mailing it to the county clerk's office at: Zapata County Clerk