The Ethics Board:
(1) advises that the Ethics Code does not require an appointed official of a state agency toresign if the official runs for election to
public office; and (2) reaffirms the advice given in 1997 Wis Eth Bd 7.
1. You have asked about the propriety of an appointed official of a state
agency establishing a committee to explore running for election to public
2. The matter about which you have asked is a personnel matter not
governed by Wisconsin’s Ethics Code. Nothing in the Ethics Code requires
an appointed official of a state agency to resign if the official runs for election
to public office. Whether the official may simultaneously retain his
position with the agency and seek election to a government position rests in
the discretion of the official’s appointing authority.
3. The Ethics Board reaffirms its recent opinion addressing a like
matter, 1997 Wis Eth Bd 7; and commends it as a guide for the agency.
(September 26, 1997)