Whistleblower Hotline

The Whistleblower Hotline provides Santa Cruz County employees and citizens with a way to report alleged fraudulent activity by Santa Cruz County government employees, misuse of County resources by vendors, contractors or County employees, and significant violations of County policy. Allegations reported over the Hotline are evaluated and investigated.


The Whistleblower Hotline is a confidential resource to report any wrongdoing, however if your report results in criminal prosecution, you may be called upon to testify and confidentiality may not be maintained.

Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Examples of reportable offenses include:

  • Illegal acts: theft, fraud, bribery, and kickbacks
  • Conflict of interest
  • Misuse, waste or abuse of property or time
  • Misappropriation of resources


You can mail a letter and evidence to: Whistleblower Hotline
701 Ocean Street, Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
You can call the Hotline: 831-454-3333
You may leave a message in English or Spanish.

Reports relating to building code and planning department related violations must be filed via the Planning Department's website: http://sccoplanning.com/PlanningHome/CodeCompliance/CodeComplaintForm.aspx.

Additional Hotline Links

County Contacts Phone Numbers Link

Adult Protective Services (831) 454-4101
(831) 763-8800
(866) 580-4357
Child Protective Services (831) 454-4222
(831) 763-8850
County Auditor-Controller (831) 454-2500 https://www.santacruzcountyca.gov/Departments/Auditor-ControllerHome.aspx
County Clerk (831) 454-2060 http://www.sccoclerk.com/
District Attorney (831) 454-2400 https://datinternet.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/
Grand Jury (831) 454-2099 https://www.santacruzcountyca.gov/Departments/GrandJury.aspx
Human Services Department - Welfare Fraud (831) 454-4109 http://santacruzhumanservices.org/
Planning Department - Code Enforcement (831) 454-2580 http://www.sccoplanning.com/PlanningHome/CodeCompliance.aspx
Sheriff - Emergency 911  
Sheriff - Non-Emergency (831) 471-1121 http://www.scsheriff.com/


Non-County Contacts Phone Numbers Link

Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley (408) 278-7400 https://www.bbb.org/losangelessiliconvalley/
Contractors State License Board (800) 321-2752 http://www.cslb.ca.gov/
Department of Consumer Affairs (800) 952-5210 http://www.dca.ca.gov/
Federal Trade Commission - Identity Theft (877) 438-4338 http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
Federal Bureau of Investigations - Internet Fraud (415) 553-7400 https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/internet-fraud
Internal Revenue Service - Tax Fraud (800) 829-1040 https://www.irs.gov/individuals/how-do-you-report-suspected-tax-fraud-activity
Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (800) 952-5225 https://oag.ca.gov/dmfea/medical
Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0271 http://www.ssa.gov/oig/hotline/
The State Bar of California (415) 538-2000 http://www.calbar.ca.gov/
United States Postal Service - Mail Fraud (877) 876-2455 https://ehome.uspis.gov/fcsexternal/default.aspx
Welfare Fraud (800) 344-8477 http://www.cdss.ca.gov/Reporting/Report-Fraud/Welfare-Fraud