The Ritter Report

The Ritter Report – July/August 2011

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40663-Inspector%20General%20photo[1].jpgBroward County has its first ever Inspector General (IG). John W. Scott comes to us from the Miami-Dade County Office of Inspector General where he was assistant legal counsel. He also worked for nearly 20 years as a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor investigating and prosecuting fraud and public corruption cases.

Scott was selected to serve as Inspector General by the five member Inspector General Selection/Oversight Committee, not by the County Commission. He is totally independent and was picked from 98 potential candidates for the position. His selection was unanimous.

The Inspector General's Office has authority over all elected and appointed County and city officials, employees and those who do business with Broward County and its 31 cities. Scott will provide oversight for misconduct involving waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, corruption and the violation of any laws. The Inspector General’s Web Site is www.browardig.org.

The Commission has already called on the IG, asking Scott’s opinion about ethics regulations for all cities in Broward County. Last November, voters approved new rules that must be drafted and passed by the County Commission.

I hope that with General Scott at the helm, public confidence will be restored and we can once again focus on the business of moving Broward County forward.

Be prepared! Broward County and the cities in district 3 are ready to help you make informed preparations. Find information about how to prepare in advance for a hurricane by going to the following sites:

Broward County - www.broward.org/hurricane

Parkland - www.cityofparkland.org (Click on Emergency Management)

Coral Springs - www.coralsprings.org/hurricane

Tamarac - www.tamarac.org

Sunrise - www.sunrisefl.gov

Coral Springs, Sunrise, Tamarac and Parkland all use a service called CodeRED. It’s an automated phone alert system that will send notifications about weather conditions, boil water alerts, evacuation orders and more. It can be done by voice or text. You can sign up for the service from each of the city’s Web Sites.