• Report: #868032

Complaint Review: Palm Beach County Inspector General and Water Utilities

  • Submitted: Fri, April 13, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, April 30, 2012

  • Reported By: Richard — Lake Worth Florida USA
Palm Beach County Inspector General and Water Utilities
P.O. Box 16568 West Palm Beach, Florida United States of America

Palm Beach County Inspector General and Water Utilities Office of Inspector General of Palm Beach County. Inspector General Palm Beach County Water Utilities Sheryl G. Steckler West Palm Beach, Florida

*Author of original report: More info on the Inspector General Office

*General Comment: Contact me

*Author of original report: OIG has No Jurisdiction? Palm Beach County

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In a nutshell Palm Beach County Water Utility managers send their employees to a water school that they collect money from their employer for and possibly personally profit from. Palm Beach County pays for the water school and the same Palm Beach County managers collect and
control the County money of the same water school under a non-profit status
cover. Then these same county water managers refuse to allow the books to be
audited. The Palm Beach County Water Utilities managers get paid twice for
doing their job.

The Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General did not find this a conflict of interest or at least Ms. Evangeline Rentz Intake manager found this was "nothing". I have a copy of the letter if you want to see it.

I have documented proof of this if you are interested. The Palm Beach County Inspector Generals office was given the same info and found nothing wrong. [continued below]....
..... I hope the news breaks this story and here is more detailed information.

Patricia Brock, Vince Munn, Patrick Lyles are water plant managers and supervisors for Palm Beach County water utilities. These same managers send their employees to a so-called non-profit water
school that they control. This control includes the money that their employer pays for. Is this a sweet deal or what?

Patricia Brock, Vince Munn, Patrick Lyles are also the majority on the board of directors of the Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) who gets paid by Palm Beach County
for the water school. Palm Beach County pays the water plant supervisors of
Region 6 FWPCOA for educational classes for water operators (county employees)
for training and continuing educational units (CEUS) for the water plant
operators (county employees) that the water plant managers supervise through
the non-profit organization that the water managers control. 

The FWPCOA is supposed to be a non-profit group. I tried to get the FWPCOA region 6 (water plant managers of Palm Beach County water utilities) board of directors to give us an
accounting of the financial records and they refuse to do so.

Ask yourself why we cannot get an independent audit of the financial records of the non-profit group with a CPA? The same people have been on the board of directors for at least ten years now that I know of. I have been fighting to get the FWPCOA to open the financial records.
I am a dues paying member of this group and many of us want this and we are
entitled to an audit.

 
The FWPCOA board (water plant supervisors of Palm Beach County water utilities) has control over the money they collect from the Palm Beach County utilities for water education.
The county pays their own managers to send their employees to school and the
same water managers collect and control the education money.

The Inspector Generals office of Palm Beach County finds this conflict of interest is
nothing. What a worthless office this is...

Every election these three county water supervisors pack the room with their employees, people who they supervise, for the open elections by hand. No secret ballots are used so the county water
supervisors know who the county employees under them vote for. Take three guesses who always wins the elections? The water managers Patricia Brock, Vince Munn, Patrick Lyles. 

The FWPCOA Region six board have served on the same board playing musical chairs for many, many years since there are supposedly term limits for certain board positions. So this way the vice chair becomes chair and chair can move to director and director can move to vice chair.
The Power of the board of directors of the FWPCOA never leaves the hands of these county employees. They control the money and they refuse to allow an audit of the books by an independent CPA auditor.

Since we cannot get the FWPCOA board to
open the books for us it seems suspicious and the potential for abuse is large.

Why does the county pay their managers for a school that they collect the money for? 

Why is the Palm Beach County Inspector Generals Office not interested in this matter?

They "claim" they have "no jurisdiction" over County money and employees?

Ask the Office of Inspector General Sheryl G. Steckler why this is not a conflict of interest?

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#1 Author of original report

More info on the Inspector General Office

AUTHOR: Richard - (USA)

A Palm Beach County supervisor hires her daughter and an employee reports it. One week later the employee that reported it is on involuntary unpaid leave for "fraud". What does the OIG do about the nepotism?

Nothing....

Does not even investigate the allegations...

At least the OIG clears the reporting employee of fraud...

http://www.palmbeachcountyethics.com/pdf/Complaints/2011/C11-020.pdf
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Contact me

AUTHOR: VBlackwell - (United States of America)

I am researching this topic for a possible story.

Please contact me --  vblackwell at hearst dot com
Victor Blackwell
WPBF 25 News
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#3 Author of original report

OIG has No Jurisdiction? Palm Beach County

AUTHOR: Richard - (USA)

The Office of Inspector General of Palm Beach County claims to have no jurisdiction in the above matter. The facts are as follow:



  • Palm Beach County (Water Utilities) pays for the membership of their employees to be a member of the water group (FWPCOA)



  • Palm Beach County Water Utilities pays for the employees to take classes with the water group (FWPCOA) 



  • Palm Beach County Water Utilities managers run and control the board of directors with the water group (FWPCOA) and collect the money paid for by the County.



  • Palm Beach Utility managers refuse to allow the financial records of the so-called non profit water group to be looked at by their members or allow an independent audit by a CPA.
Does this sound like the County of Palm Beach is involved?

Do this sound like the OIG is involved in a COVER UP?

It looks like a OIG cover up to me....
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