When Ron Harbison, a member of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics, blasted state Sen. Joe Abruzzo last month for leading a political attack on the independent commission, Harbison got his timing wrong.
Harbison thought Abruzzo’s request for a state audit of the commission came five days after the commission rejected Abruzzo’s former boss for a top ethics job. But Abruzzo had made his request a month earlier.
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- Investigates complaints about the ethics of government workers and elected officials
- Writes advisory opinions
- Oversees ethics training
- With the state attorney and public defender, selects the inspector general and decides whether to keep the inspector general after a four-year term
- Fully financed by the county
- Detects and prevents fraud, waste, mismanagement and misconduct by government workers and elected officials
- Publishes audits and investigations
- Conducts training to identify “red flags” for workers to avoid
- Budget curtailed by lawsuit filed by 14 cities
Ethics Commission members
Manuel Farach, chairman, a lawyer with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, appointed by three county Bar associations.
Robin Fiore, director of special ethics initiatives at the University of Miami School of Medicine; appointed by the president of Florida Atlantic University.
Ron Harbison, accountant and founder of Valuation Analysts, a business valuation and financial forensics firm; appointed by an accounting industry group.
Dan Galo, attorney with Groelle & Salmon in Wellington and a former assistant state attorney; appointed by county police chiefs association.
Patricia Archer, a Delray Beach city commissioner from 1999 to 2006; appointed by the Palm Beach County League of Cities.
Steven Cullen, Jupiter attorney and former compensation court administrative law judge; selected to succeed Alan Johnson on March 21.