You may choose to remain anonymous when submitting a complaint. Calls made to this hotline are not traced. However, there may be circumstances during the course of the investigation in which a caller’s identity becomes apparent.
If you anonymously report suspected abuse, but provide information that may identify you, such as your name, email address or phone number, Sonoma County can protect your identity only as far as the California Public Records Act allows. Sonoma County cannot guarantee complete confidentiality because: (1) identification may be necessary to allow law enforcement officials to investigate or respond effectively to the report; (2) identification may be required by law; or (3) the person accused of the violations may be entitled to the information as a matter of legal right in disciplinary proceedings.
Investigations are only initiated upon receipt of credible information alleging an act of fraud, waste or abuse within the County of Sonoma Government.
The hotline provides Sonoma County employees an additional tool to report fraud, waste or abuse, and does not limit other reporting methods available to employees.
In accordance with California Labor Code section 1102.5 (b), the County of Sonoma, or any person acting on behalf of the County of Sonoma, is prohibited from retaliating against an employee for disclosing information, or because the County of Sonoma believes that the employee disclosed or may disclose information, to this Fraud Hotline, to a government or law enforcement agency, to a person with authority over the employee or another employee who has the authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation or noncompliance, or for providing information to, or testifying before, any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry, if the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of state or federal statute, or a violation of or noncompliance with a local, state, or federal rule or regulation, regardless of whether disclosing the information is part of the employee’s job duties.