There seems to be no end to the turmoil created by the Palm Beach County Office of the Inspector General. Each side seems to put the blame everywhere but where it should rightly be. First it was the cities filing suit over the funding matrix. I clearly heard the County Administrator [Robert Weisman] say that the funding mechanism in the referendum was not enough to fund the office and that early on he had recommended another method which the commissioners employed. That means the cities are correct that the funding is not in line with what the people voted.
Next we have the county administrator at fault because he criticized his employee, Sheryl Steckler, for circumventing her employer to become involved in the lawsuit and to expand the budget and personnel of her office.
But let’s take a look at the common denominator here — Ms. Steckler. She certainly has been an inappropriate employee. There is no solution that satisfies her, and when she does not get her way, she begins a public rant with the unfortunate support of one of the commissioners. It is time for this to end. The public continues to support the Office of the Inspector General, but it can no longer continue to support the individual who sits in that position. It is Ms. Steckler who is the embarrassment of the county.
According to Mayor [Steven] Abrams, the inspector general is recommended by the state attorney, public defender and the ethics commission, I urge them to secure an individual for the Office of the Inspector General who will follow the guidelines of the position, work within the budget and provide the public with the service that they voted for.
Jerry Coffman, Royal Palm Beach