This session is an overview of the elements of the Ohio Ethics Law that are most important for school district treasurers and business officials. The session will focus on: (1) conflicts of interest related to hiring and compensation; (2) public contract law restrictions that govern purchasing and investments; and (3) restrictions related to interactions with vendors, including banks and investment advisors. The presenter will share Ohio Ethics Commission opinions issued to, involving, or particularly relevant to school district treasurers and business officials.
Remind the audience of the key elements of the ethics law regarding hiring/compensation and purchasing/investments.
Reviews public contract and conflict of interest limitations on interactions with vendors.
Familiarize the audience with Ohio Ethics Commission advisory opinions issued to, involving, or particularly relevant to school district treasurers.
Because school business officials are involved in the daily financial affairs of school districts, they are frequently in an ideal position to identify, and even prevent, violations of the Ethics Law. This course will enhance the background and working knowledge of treasurers and business officers in ethics as it is directly related to their public duties. The course will discuss Ohio Ethics Laws related to purchasing and investing, including the investment restriction that was violated by the former Columbiana County treasurer whose 1994 conviction that was the genesis of the CPIM program. Finally, it will acquaint school district treasurers with the Ohio Ethics Commission’s most useful advisory opinions on school district financial issues.
Jennifer Hardin has been the Deputy Director of the Legal Services Division of the Ohio School Boards Association since May 2016. In that role, Jennifer assists the division by researching legal issues to assist school district officials and employees, writing articles about school law issues, and participating in seminars and workshops. Prior to her service with OSBA, Jennifer worked for the Ohio Ethics Commision for twenty-five years.
Jennifer is a graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree cum laude in English literature. She received her juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.
When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys reading, writing, swimming and spending time with her family. She lives in suburban Columbus with her husband Rob, son Alex and Husky-mix Norah.