Two of Hawaii’s most important government watchdog agencies are looking for new blood.

The Judicial Council is advertising for applicants to fill expected vacancies on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission and Campaign Spending Commission.

Terms on each commission are for four years and members serve voluntarily. But neighbor island members attending Oahu meetings will have travel expenses covered.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of the state and may not hold any other public office.

The Ethics Commission addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct). The work includes “investigating complaints, providing advisory opinions, and enforcing decisions” issued by the commission.

The Campaign Spending Commission is responsible for maintaining “the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process” by enforcing the law, educating the public, administering public financing and training campaign committees “to encourage compliance,” according to a press release.

Vacancies on both commissions are appointed by the governor from a list of nominees submitted by the Judicial Council, or by the reappointment of a commissioner whose term has expired.


Submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation postmarked by March 31 and sent to Judicial Council, Hawaii Supreme Court, 417 S. King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2902.

Applications are available on the Hawaii State Judiciary website or by calling the Judicial Council at 539-4702.

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