Palm Beach County’s government watchdog agency has taken such a beating lately, legally and politically, that county leaders are wondering aloud about whether to overhaul the agency. Doing so, the argument goes, could remove threats that might prevent the Office of Inspector General from fully carrying out its investigative and auditing duties.
This talk is premature and counterproductive. Concerns about the office’s structure and legal standing are legitimate, but the problems can be resolved without drastic steps. These proposals to restructure the organization or put it under a different agency’s control would weaken it further, an unacceptable setback for the county’s anti-corruption efforts.
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