One of Palm Beach County’s leading ethics activists who fought to rid the county of its corruption-tainted image has made tens of thousands of dollars from a no-bid marketing contract at the public agency where his wife works as communications director.
Marty Rogol, a founding principal at the West Palm Beach firm Marketing Concepts, was part of a small corps of community leaders who pushed county commissioners to create the Commission on Ethics and the Office of Inspector General after a spate of scandals involving county and West Palm Beach officials.
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Timing of ethics reform
2006: Former West Palm Beach Commissioner Ray Liberti is sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Within four years, five other local elected officials would be convicted of felonies involving their public posts, leading some to dub Palm Beach “Corruption County.”
2007: As the president of Leadership Palm Beach County, Marty Rogol creates committee to work on making the area more ethics-conscious.
2008: Rogol’s and his wife Karen Clarke’s firm, Marketing Concepts, begins working on a marketing campaign for the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s office.
2009: Leadership Palm Beach County begins promoting its ethics pledge. The group asks elected officials and county residents to sign it.
2009: Rogol and a group of other community leaders press county commissioners to create an Office of Inspector General and a Commission on Ethics.
2009: County commissioners approve an ethics commission, inspector general and ethics code.
2010: Ethics panel and IG’s office open, and voters overwhelmingly agree to extend the county’s ethics reform measures to all 38 cities and towns.
2011: Rogol’s wife, Clarke, is recruited by Tax Collector Anne Gannon to serve as the office’s communications director. Clarke divests her share of husband’s marketing firm, whose work for Tax Collector’s office is extended.