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The county council shall establish by ordinance an office of public advocate for the purpose of receiving, investigating., and making recommendations to the council and appropriate county agencies on complaints concerning the operation of county government and to respond to inquiries from the public concerning the operation of county government. The office shall have appropriate legal authority and adequate funding, as determined by the council, and shall use generally accepted standards for similar offices. In addition to other duties prescribed by ordinance, the office shall monitor and report to the council on the nature and disposition of whistleblower, ethics, and human rights complaints filed pursuant to other county ordinances or procedures.

(Added during General Election, Nov. 8, 2016, Eff date Dec. 9, 2016).