Robin Barnes-Shell, Executive Director
Who We Are
In 2012, the County Council for Prince George’s passed legislation to create the Office of Ethics and Accountability to provide increased accountability and oversight of operations of the County Government by identifying fraud, abuse, and illegal acts in County government operations.
The specific goals, authority, and duties of the Office of Ethics and Accountability are found in the Prince George's County Code, Sections 2-298 through 2-309.
The Executive Director is appointed by the County Executive, and confirmed by the County Council and also serves as the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics.
- Conduct investigations and provide information to appropriate law enforcement officials
- Receive and investigate complaints of alleged abuse, fraud and deficiencies in County Government
- Conduct joint investigations and projects with the Office of Audits and Investigations and other agencies
- Issue public reports and establish policies and procedures to conduct the Office
- Provide support to the Board of Ethics, which is responsible for interpreting the County’s Code of Ethics, ensuring reporting of Financial Disclosure Statements by County elected officials and employees, and requiring lobbyists register and report applicable lobbying activities
- Make recommendations to the County Executive and County Council to promote efficiency, accountability and integrity in County Government.