City Ethics Commission Elects New Officers for FY 07-08

On July 17, the Ethics Commission voted unanimously to elect Sean P. Treglia as its President for a one-year term, and elected fellow Commissioner Robert M. Saltzman as its Vice President. Treglia was appointed by then City Council President Pro Tem Cindy Miscikowski in 2004 to serve through 2009 on the Commission. He replaces outgoing Commissioner Gil Garcetti as the panel’s presiding officer. Garcetti completed his five year term at the July meeting. Saltzman was appointed by the Mayor in 2005 to serve a term on the Commission that ends June 30, 2010.

On assuming the Presidency, Treglia said, "I look forward to continuing the strong work of this Commission, and to finding new ways to encourage more people to participate in the governance of our City." Added Saltzman, "The Ethics Commission plays a very important role in the City, and I welcome the opportunity to serve as its Vice President as we continue to promote open and accountable government."

Treglia is founder of TTG, a law firm based in Los Angeles, where he serves as general counsel and tax advisor to nonprofit organizations and small businesses, and is the global regulatory compliance and ethics counsel to several large public companies. Prior to starting the firm, Treglia was a Senior Advisor at The University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, where he convened workshops on a range of topics related to election and non-profit law and lectured on First Amendment issues. Treglia also previously served as a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he worked on ethics and compliance issues with a cross-section of companies, non-profits, academic institutions, political groups and state governments.

Commissioner Rob Saltzman serves as Associate Dean at the University of Southern California Law School, where he is responsible for the law school’s student services, including admissions, career services, and student activities. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at USC who has taught courses on the Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility, Evidence, and Legislation.

The Commission is comprised of five individuals, each appointed by a different elective City official to serve part-time, staggered five-year terms on the Commission. By Charter mandate, the Mayor, City Council President, City Council President Pro Tem, City Attorney, and Controller each have an appointment. The Commission elects its own President and Vice President each year. The new fifth member of the Commission will be nominated by the City Council President and must be approved by the full Council.

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