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Corruption County: New ethics commission debuts Tuesday

by George Bennett | February 22nd, 2010

A new Palm Beach County Ethics Commission, created by county commissioners last year in response to the corruption convictions of five local elected officials between 2006 and 2009, holds its first meeting Tuesday in West Palm Beach.

Among the first orders of business for the five-member commission will be choosing a chairman and vice-chairman.

The ethics panel, plus representatives from the State Attorney and Public Defender offices, will sit as the selection committee for a new inspector general position. The inspector general post, modeled after one in Miami-Dade County, is the centerpiece of reforms approved Dec. 1. Applications for the inspector general’s job and for a new executive director for the ethics commission are due Friday.

The ethics panelists were chosen by a variety of groups outside county government. Read about them after the jump…..

* Attorney Manuel Farach, appointed by the Hispanic Bar Association of Palm Beach County, the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.

* Florida Atlantic University Ethics Professor Robin Fiore, appointed by the president of FAU.

* Certified Public Accountant Ronald Harbison, appointed by the Palm Beach County chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs.

* Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Reinhart, appointed by the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police.

* Retired Circuit Judge and former Riviera Beach councilman Edward Rodgers, appointed by the Palm Beach County League of Cities.

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2 Responses to “Corruption County: New ethics commission debuts Tuesday”

  1. How Wonderful Says:

    This is great. Kind of like corruption central. When those Rothstein successors come back out after the dust settles now all they have to do clear their corrupt antics with the Chairman and everything will be alright. Of course the Inspetor General will get there share. Had you ever seen an honest inspector general investigation? No! You have not! This give a whole new name to one stop shopping! Crooks won’t have to entertains so much and give so many of those diner parties to get to the right folks. Way to Go.

  2. Mary's Boy Says:

    Rinehart was Mary McCarty’s lawyer and when they had a ethics mini meeting a year or so ago he was trying to drum up business.I have to agree with How wonderful it’s business as usual in Corruption County…………

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