This week, the Broward County (FL) inspector general filed a
Review of the Existing Ethics Structure
(attached; see below) of the countywide
ethics program that he oversees, and which came into being via
charter amendments overwhelmingly approved by the county's voters in late 2010.
The 21-page report focuses on a two-part reform recommendation: (1) an ethics
officer who would uniformly interpret the Code and provide
precedential advisory opinions, and (2) a panel to decide on appeals
and review the ethics program.
The IG calls for reform in two phases. First, improvement of the
program's structure "to ensure consistent and impartial guidance,
training, and enforcement." Second, "periodic, independent, and
public consideration of the policies themselves and any necessary
substantive corrections or revisions to the Code."