About the Commission

Current Commission Members:

Sterling “Scott” Winchell

Commissioner Winchell was appointed by Chairman Andrew Do, First District, at the March 13, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting. The initial term for Commissioner Winchell was two (2) years. He is currently serving his second term that expires in 2023.

Commissioner Winchell is the Commission’s Chair and a licensed attorney who currently practices in general litigation. He served as corporate counsel for eleven years and was a trial attorney for seven years.

Commissioner Winchell received his Juris Doctor Degree at Western State University College of Law.

 

H. Josh Ji

H. Josh Ji was appointed by Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District, at the August 22, 2017, Board of Supervisors meeting. The initial term for Commissioner Ji was two (2) years. He is currently serving his second term that expires in 2023.

Commissioner Ji is an associate at O’Melveny and Meyer’s Newport Beach office. He represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory matters within the financial services industry and has extensive experience handling a broad range of cases—including commercial, intellectual property, and securities matters. Commissioner Ji also maintains a strong pro bono practice, serves on the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”) Board of Directors, the OCBA International Law Section as Secretary & Treasurer, and the Orange County Korean American Bar Association as President.

Commissioner Ji received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside and received his law degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

 

Judge Franz Miller (ret.)

Honorable Judge Franz Miller (retired) was appointed by Supervisor Chaffee, Fourth District, at the September 29, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Commissioner Miller is currently an associate at JAMS Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services. He had 16 years of service on the Orange County Superior Court. His tenure at the court was equally divided between the Family Law Panel and the Civil Law Panel, where he was supervising judge during the last two years of that assignment. Prior to being appointed to the bench Commissioner Miller was a senior staff attorney at the Court of Appeal. He also taught at local law schools as an adjunct professor for over 20 years. 

During his legal career, Commissioner Miller was very active in the Orange County legal community, serving as president of the Orange County Bar Association in 1997, and in his local community, where he was a planning commissioner.

Commissioner Miller received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

 

George Saadeh

George Saadeh was appointed by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, at the December 5, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting. The initial term for Commissioner Saadeh was one (1) year. He is currently serving his second term which expires in 2021.

Before retiring in 2016, Commissioner Saadeh was a Principal Consultant and Manager, consulting with public safety agencies on organizational effectiveness, operational audits, personnel practices and homeland security grants and funding. Commissioner Saadeh has thirty years of law enforcement under his belt, which included the serving as Police Captain at Santa Ana Police Department. In his capacity he acted as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Police, the Commander of the District Investigations and the head of Police Human Resources.

Commissioner Saadeh has a Bachelors of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and a Certificate of Delinquency Control Institute from the University of Southern California.

About the Commission:

The Commission shall consist of five (5) appointed members. Appointments to the Commission shall be made by each Board District and confirmed by a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners shall serve three-year terms which shall be staggered. The initial Commissioners shall be appointed to terms of one, two and three years respectively. Two of the initial Commissioners shall be selected by random lot to serve a three-year term; two Commissioners shall be selected by random lot to serve a two-year term; and one initial Commissioner shall be selected to serve a one-year term. Thereafter, all Commissioners shall serve a term of three years, except that members selected to fill a vacancy caused by other than the regular expiration of a term shall serve only for the remainder of that term. The terms of the initial commission members can be viewed here: Terms for members of the Campaign Finance and Ethics Commission.

Commissioners may not serve more than two full terms. A full term shall be defined as a remaining term of 548 days or more. No member who has served two terms shall be eligible for reappointment. A Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Commission shall be selected by majority vote of the members of the Commission. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall each be elected for a one-year term and may be re-elected for not more than a second one-year term.

The Commission shall have responsibility for the impartial and effective administration and implementation of the provisions of the County Campaign Reform Ordinance, Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and Sections 6 and 9 of the Code of Ethics.

Specifically, the Commission shall have the following duties, powers, and responsibilities:

  1. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Commission shall only have jurisdiction over alleged violations by a person of the County Campaign Reform Ordinance, the Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance, the Gift Ban Ordinance and Sections 6 and 9 of the Code of Ethics.

  2. The Commission shall serve as the appellate body for Statement of Decisions.

  3. The Commission shall review the Executive Director’s quarterly reports of activity before submission to the Board of Supervisors.

  4. The Commission shall review the Executive Director’s annual training program and manual before submission to the Board of Supervisors.

  5. The Chair of the Commission shall prepare an annual report summarizing Commission activities. This report shall be reviewed and approved by a majority vote of the Commission and presented to Board of Supervisors as an agenda item at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.

  6. A Commissioner shall not initiate, permit, or consider ex parte communications, that is, any communications to or from the Commissioner outside the presence of the parties concerning a pending or impending investigation, enforcement proceeding, or appeal, and shall make reasonable efforts to avoid such communications.

Qualifications of Commissioners

  1. Each Commissioner shall be a registered voter of the County.

  2. During his or her tenure, a member of the Commission and the Executive Director may not hold an elected or appointed public office, including, without limitation, any elective office in any jurisdiction and shall not be an employee of any holder of an elected or appointed public office, any member of a public body whose members are appointed by an elected official, or any employee of such public body.

  3. If a Commissioner, during their term of office, desires to participate in the campaign of, or publicly support or oppose, a County Candidate or Elective County Officer, such Commissioner shall first resign from the Commission. Failure to resign before such participation or support shall be grounds for removal from the Commission.

  4. No Commissioner shall during their term as Commissioner or during the previous ten (10) years prior to their commencement of their term employ or be employed by a person who is acting as a County Lobbyist, as that term is defined in the County Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Ordinance or have been a registered State Lobbyist or Federal Lobbyist.

  5. No Commissioner shall have been, during the previous ten (10) years, an Elective County Officer, a County Agency/Department Head, or a County Executive Manager.

  6. No Commissioners shall have been, during the previous ten (10) years, an elected or appointed official of a national, state or local partisan political (central) committee.

  7. A person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving dishonesty, untruthfulness, or any crime involving an election law violation is disqualified from serving as a Commissioner.

  8. No person may serve as a Commissioner whose profession, occupation, or employment consist of (i) providing services to candidates for public office or to elected officials within the County of Orange; (ii) engaging in public affairs or legislative liaison services for an employer doing business with the County of Orange, or with any Joint Powers Authority or with any Special District operating within the County of Orange; and (iii) employment within the past ten (10) years with the County of Orange, or with any Joint Powers Authority or with any Special District operating within Orange County, or with any employee representative organization whose members are employees of the County of Orange.

  9. No Commissioner who has served on the Orange County Grand Jury may serve on the Commission for ten (10) years from the date of this article’s enactment.

  10. No person who proposed, sponsored or co-sponsored the measure establishing the Commission may serve on the Commission for ten (10) years from the date of this article’s enactment.

Removal of Commissioners

Commissioners may be removed for substantial neglect of duty, misconduct in office, inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office or violation of the provisions of this article. A Commissioner who is the subject of a removal proceeding will be given an opportunity to address the Commission at a public hearing after written notice of the grounds on which the removal is sought and an opportunity for the Commissioner to present his or her case against removal to the Commission. If the Commission votes in favor of removal, the Commission will recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the subject Commissioner be removed. Upon recommendation of the Commission, the Board of Supervisors may remove a Commissioner by a majority vote. Notwithstanding the foregoing provision, if the Commission fails to hold a removal hearing as described in this section, the Board of Supervisors may, by a four-fifths vote, remove a Commissioner at any time, with or without cause.

Compensation; Expenses

The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation and shall be reimbursed for travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties in accordance with Board of Supervisors policy, as amended from time to time.

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