Poll: Should P.B. County extend I.G. Sheryl Steckler’s four-year contract?

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PBC I.G. Sheryl Steckler – photo credit South Fla 912

In 2010, Palm Beach County hired Sheryl Steckler for the newly created position of inspector general to weed out corruption in local government. The position was the result of a countywide referendum.

Since then, many municipalities were added to her purview, but 14 of them have banded together in a lawsuit over payment for the oversight.

Steckler’s contract is set to be renewed, and a committee has until December to decide whether she will keep her $150,000 job.

The Ethics Commission, with Public Defender Carey Haughwout and State Attorney Dave Aronberg, voted to seek anonymous comments online to gauge public sentiment regarding Steckler and her office, but it will not use the comments in its final decision.

In a newly released report, Steckler said her office has identified over $8.4 million in questionable expenses since its inception and has avoided over $3.9 million in costs since October 2010.

BIZPAC Chairman John R. Smith raised strong objections to creating a new branch of government when he wrote “Price too high for Palm Beach County inspector general.

“Somebody’s got to say it: sometimes the price of something positive is so high it’s not worth the price,” Smith said.

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  • Boca Legend

    I think she's done a pretty good job……her office helped grease the skids to get Marlene Ross to resign from Boynton Beach's abysmal city commission, and that was worth the price of admission all by itself.

  • Pearl Nelson

    Does this include the voter fraud that took place in the November 6 election

  • zeprin

    Why does a modern, democraticly elective government need a 'Witch Finder'?

    Are the ELECTED representitives incompetant? If YES, recall them. And find someone who isn't.

    If not, then MAKE THEM DO THEIR OWN DAMN JOBS!!

    • RUSerious

      Zep – The Inspector General exposes elected officials so you know you what to do when the election rolls around.

  • RUSerious

    Voter fraud by GOP contractors does not fall under the jurisdiction of PBC Inspector General.

  • Anonymous

    Why don't you look at her website and see how much she's saving this county and questioning 42 government entities. Get your facts straight before you go around bashing her. At least she's a government official we can trust. Thank you Ms. Steckler.

  • bob

    keep this office in place. you are fools to think people in positions of power will not work the system to thier benefit. when you get comfortable with what you do, it is easy to justify best self-interest decisions instead of what is best for the public. People don't need to be govt officials to know this is true, just look at your own lives. it is human nature.