First Inspector General Hired in Broward County
John W. Scott was selected to serve as Inspector General by the Inspector General Selection/Oversight Committee on April 16. In November 2010, Broward voters passed an ethics code that created an Office of Inspector General to detect misconduct involving waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, corruption and violation of laws. The five person, independent Oversight/Selection Committee started with a list of 98 potential candidates for the position and narrowed the list down to eight finalists. Scott emerged as their unanimous choice.
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. Initial funding of $250,000 includes the Inspector General’s salary and provides money for the hiring of two additional staff members. An official budget must be submitted within the next 60 days. Scott begins work on May 2.
Scott previously served as assistant legal counsel for the Miami-Dade County Office of Inspector General. Prior to that, he worked for nearly two decades as a U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, investigating and prosecuting fraud and public corruption cases. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
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