Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to County Administrator Bob Weisman’s letter last week titled “Keep Open Mind When It Comes To OIG.”
Mr. Weisman’s admonition to keep an “open mind” would appear to be more reasonable, if he wasn’t making his admonition from his office in Palm Beach County. Mr. Weisman seems to ignore the long history of corruption in Palm Beach County and the residents of Palm Beach County, who have drawn conclusions about lawsuits brought by the 14 cities unwilling to support an OIG with “independent powers.”
In view of the number of “public servants” doing time or having done time in federal prison, there are many of us who feel or rightly assume much of the support by the county attorney and the county administrator is nothing more than educated lip service to the idea of a really independent OIG. While they publicly support the concept of an OIG, they don’t support a totally independent OIG.
Residents of Palm Beach County have grown to recognize the subtle maneuvering that has highlighted attempts at delaying or blocking a totally independent OIG, and are concerned that such maneuvering is an attempt to protect public servants in the 14 cities from independent oversight and scrutiny and suppress public complaints.
The residents of Palm Beach County have had enough of cabals and desire more transparency from the people we elect or are appointed as county administrators.
Richard Nielsen, Royal Palm Beach