Regarding the editorial “Weisman’s damaging rant,” Inspector General Sheryl Steckler is a contract employee of the Palm Beach County Commission, and a county ordinance empowers her to look for corruption in county and other local governments. That ordinance also protects her employment and gives her unusual independence within county government.
Funding she receives from cities is the subject of a lawsuit that the county is defending against. Ms. Steckler engaged in a power grab to try to have the courts grant her further independence by asking to enter the lawsuit as an independent entity. She was advised that the county would have to fight this, to preserve the legal structure of the county, and the county attorney did so on behalf of the commission.
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