Palm Beach County commissioners should consider putting its embattled corruption watchdog under the clerk’s office, to allow its investigations more independence, County Mayor Steven Abrams said this week.
The Office of Inspector General, formed three years ago after a series of corruption scandals, has been hamstrung by legal battles over its funding and pushback over its independence.
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WATCHING THE WATCHDOG
Jennifer Sorentrue has covered Palm Beach County government for The Post since 2005. In an exclusive on May 5, she revealed that county and city resistance to the county’s Office of Inspector General has left the anti-corruption watchdog crippled by court rulings and budget restraints and struggling for independence from the agencies it’s assigned to oversee.