19.06.010 Action upon conflict.
(1) Any County Board Supervisor who, in the discharge of his or her official duties, is involved or about to be involved in any matter that could result in a violation of this code or a material conflict of interest as defined herein on his or her part shall:
(a) Discuss such matter and the nature of the possible conflict of interests with the Corporation Counsel’s Office prior to acting on the matter and
(b) Take no further action in regard to such matter until an opinion has been rendered by the Corporation Counsel.
(2) Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary in the Municipal Code of Kenosha County, the Corporation Counsel’s Office is authorized to issue an ethics / conflict of interests opinion to any County Board Supervisor and at the request of such official shall keep the matter confidential as it pertains to that individual and request. In situations where guidance is sought on prospective conduct and the official making the request supervises the Corporation Counsel or is authorized to vote on the annual budget of the Corporation Counsel’s Office, the Corporation Counsel may issue an advisory opinion or refer the matter to either the Attorney General, the State Ethics Board, the Kenosha District Attorney or outside counsel. In situations where an opinion is sought pertaining to some act or omission that has already occurred, the Corporation Counsel shall refer the request to outside counsel.
(3) A material conflict of interest on the part of a County Board Supervisor is deemed to exist within the meaning of this section in regard to a matter in which he or she is involved, or is about to be involved, in the discharge of his or her official duties, whenever the County Board Supervisor utilizes and exploits his or her official capacity in such a way as to obtain a personal financial benefit for himself or herself or his or her immediate family or an organization with which he or she is associated. [Code § 19.06-1, 2018.]