At the June 17th meeting, the City Commission voted 5-0 to introduce a proposed ordinance necessary to establish an Office of Inspector General under the authority of the City Auditor. The first and only public hearing for the ordinance is scheduled for July 8, 2020.
During the December 4, 2019, City Commission meeting the Commission directed the City Auditor to bring information back to the City Commission for consideration.
Key points related to the establishment of an Office of Inspector General addressed in the ordinance include:
- The Inspector General is authorized to audit, investigate, inspect and evaluate the activities, records and individuals with contracts, procurements, grants, agreements and other financial arrangements undertaken by the City and any other function, activity, process or operation conducted by the City.
- The Inspector General is considered the “appropriate local official” of the City under Section 112.3187(6), Florida Statutes, for purposes of whistleblower protection and filing a whistleblower complaint pursuant to Sections 112.3187(7) and 112.3188(1), Florida Statutes.
- The Inspector General will establish, maintain and operate a fraud hotline to receive complaints of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement or misconduct from either anonymous or identified persons.
- The Inspector General has no authority over the Ethics Board, its members and employees or the performance of the Board’s duties and responsibilities.
- The Inspector General has the authority to subpoena City employees, officers, officials, vendors, contractors or others doing business with the City and members of City boards, commissions, or committees as witnesses, administer oaths or affirmations, take testimony and compel the production of such books, papers, records and documents, including electronic data as is deemed to be relevant to any inquiry or investigation.