Regarding “County to plug watchdog budget gap”: There have been many obstacles created since Palm Beach County in 2009 created the Office of Inspector General.
County Mayor Steven Abrams proposed putting the office under the clerk, which a county grand jury on public corruption had warned could be a “conflict of interest.” During the drafting of the inspector general ordinance, there was a concentrated effort by county and municipal officials to require the inspector general to meet their definition of “fraud, waste and abuse” before starting any investigation. Fifteen municipalities filed a lawsuit — the ultimate obstacle.
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