A board member or employee who is found by the board to have violated the code of conduct set forth in WAC 287-04-031
may be subject to official reprimand by vote of the board. In the event that the board determines a violation of the code to be so egregious or apparent as to constitute malfeasance, misfeasance, inefficiency, neglect of duty, incapacity, or unfitness to perform his or her fiduciary duties and responsibilities in the exclusive interest of the board and its beneficiaries, and if the offending person is:
(a) A voting board member: The board, in its sole discretion, may refer the matter to the proper appointing authority or the attorney general, as deemed appropriate; or if
(b) A nonvoting board member: The board, in its sole discretion, may take the appropriate steps necessary to and remove the offending member from the board; or if
(c) The executive director: The board, in its sole discretion, may take the appropriate steps to remove the director in compliance with RCW 43.33A.100; or if
(d) An employee of the board governed by the merit systems rules: The executive director may take such disciplinary action as authorized under Title 356 WAC up to and including termination of employment; or if
(e) An exempt employee of the board: The executive director may take whatever disciplinary action deemed appropriate, up to and including termination of employment.
(2) The board may refer the alleged violation to the executive ethics board for further investigation as provided under RCW 42.52.360.