Independent Audit & Investigation Services
Adding Value & Improving County Operations

Division of the Inspector General


 

Division of Inspector General

Accredited Office of Inspector General
By the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.

The mission of the Division of Inspector General is to promote accountability and integrity in government and preserve the public trust by providing independent and objective audits, investigations, and consultations designed to add value and improve the County's operations. We strive to educate citizens and policymakers regarding the operation of their government.

The Division of Inspector General provides risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight to help the County accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management, and control processes. To facilitate the prevention and detection of fraud, waste, and abuse, the Division of Inspector General also conducts investigations, coordinating with law enforcement and other investigative agencies, as warranted. The scope of the Division of Inspector General's authority includes any operation under the direction of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller (Clerk) or the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). It also includes other functions for which the BCC provides financial support as separate entities in its budget, or for which the BCC is the ex-officio governing body. The Division of Inspector General has also established cooperative partnerships with other County agencies in which we provide project specific services.

Our Independence

The Clerk and Comptroller of Pinellas County serves as the ex-officio County auditor per constitutional and statutory provisions. The Clerk and Comptroller established the Division of Inspector General to fulfill this responsibility as it relates to audit and investigation functions, an important check and balance. To provide for the highest degree of independence, Division of Inspector General staff report to the Inspector General/Chief Audit Executive, who reports functionally and administratively to the Clerk and Comptroller. Since the Clerk and Comptroller is an elected Constitutional Officer, and thus responsible to the citizens and taxpayers of Pinellas County, the Clerk and Comptroller is considered to be independent.

Services Provided by the Division of Inspector General

  • Internal audits of County programs and operations
  • Investigations of alleged fraud, waste, and abuse directed against County government
  • Enhanced audits and investigations of guardianship activities
  • Management consulting
  • Training
  • Manage the County and Guardianship Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline:(727) 453-7283
  • Manage the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Prison Rape Elimination Act Hotline

Benefits Provided by the Division of Inspector General

  • Provides public accountability for use of tax dollars.
  • Serves as an independent and objective source of information for the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk and Comptroller, and other stakeholders.
  • Serves as a consulting resource for County management to obtain guidance.
  • Provides a mechanism to investigate suspected fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Promotes better government.

Contact Us At:

Division of Inspector General
510 Bay Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 464-8371
Fax: (727) 464-8386

Map Link

Inspector General's Organizational Chart

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Melissa Dondero, Inspector General/Chief Audit Executive 
(727) 464-8371 | mdondero@mypinellasclerk.org

Ava Sadowska, Assistant Inspector General 
(727) 464-8387 | asadowska@mypinellasclerk.org

Robert Poynter, Assistant Inspector General
(727) 464-8376 | rpoynter@mypinellasclerk.org

Kim Walker, Executive Assistant
(727) 464-8371 | klwalker@mypinellasclerk.org

Deborah Weiss, Senior Inspector General 
(727) 464-8388 | dweiss@mypinellasclerk.org

Darcy Eckert, Senior Inspector General
(727) 464-8379 | deckert@mypinellasclerk.org

Jason Stanley, Senior Inspector General
(727) 464-8381 | jstanley@mypinellasclerk.org

James Nassiri, Inspector General I
(727) 464-8374 | jnassiri@mypinellasclerk.org

Shawn Phillips, Inspector General I
(727) 464-8487 | sdphillips@mypinellasclerk.org

Robyn Parton, Inspector General I
(727) 464-8373 | rparton@mypinellasclerk.org

Jason Steckle, Inspector General II
(727) 464-8366 | jcsteckle@mypinellasclerk.org

Norberto Rosa, Inspector General II
(727) 464-8372 | nrosa@mypinellasclerk.org

Rebecca Cheek, Inspector General I
(727) 464-8380 | rcheek@mypinellasclerk.org

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Annual Plans & Reports

Audit & Investigation Reports

2021 Reports

  • RPT2021 - 07
    Unannounced Audit of Printing and Mail Services Department (mailroom) Change Fund
  • RPT2021 - 06
    Follow-up Audit of Airport Concession Services Agreement with Republic Parking System
  • RPT2021 - 05
    Audit of Pinellas CARES Local Business Grant Program
  • RPT2021 - 04
    Audit of Risk Management Driver License Transcript Data Exchange
  • RPT2021 - 03
    Audit of Building & Development Review Services - Phase II
  • RPT2021 - 02
    Follow-up Investigation of Misuse of County Equipment
  • RPT2021 - 01
    Audit of Clerk's Office Driver License Transcript Data Exchange

2020 Reports

  • RPT2020 - 27
    Observation of the Office of Technology and Innovation's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT2020 - 26
    Investigation of Misuse of County Time and Equipment
  • RPT2020 - 25
    Investigation of Housing Finance Authority Board Application Process
  • RPT2020 - 24
    Investigation of Misuse of County Purchasing Card
  • RPT2020 - 23
    Audit of Consumer Protection’s Internal Controls Over DAVID Information
  • RPT2020 - 22
    Investigation of Misuse of County Time and Equipment
  • RPT2020 - 21
    Unannounced Audit of the Probate Court Records Department Change Fund and Notary Journals
  • RPT2020 - 20
    Audit of the Property Appraiser’s Internal Controls Over DAVID Information
  • RPT2020 - 19
    Follow-Up Audit of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board and Grand Jury Presentment
  • RPT2020 - 18
    Audit of the Pinellas CARES Small Business Grant Program
  • RPT2020 - 17
    Observation of the William E. Dunn Water Reclamation Facility’s Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT2020 - 16
    Follow-Up Audit of the Pinellas County Purchasing Card Program
  • RPT2020 - 15
    Observation of the Planning Department’s Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT2020 - 14
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Purchasing Card Program
  • RPT2020 - 13
    Follow-Up Audit of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT2020 - 12
    Unannounced Audit of the North County Branch Imprest Funds and Notary Journals
  • RPT2020 - 11
    Investigation of Airport Rescue and Firefighting Misuse of Resources
  • RPT2020 - 10
    Audit of Building & Development Review Services – Phase I Building Code Inspectors
  • RPT2020 - 09
    Unannounced Audit of the Records Management Department, Mid-County Branch, Change Fund and Notary Journals
  • RPT2020 - 08
    Follow-Up Investigation of Building Services Time Abuse
  • RPT2020 - 07
    Unannounced Audit of the S.K. Keller Water Treatment Facility Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT2020 - 06
    Investigation of Allegations Against Utilities Employees
  • RPT2020 - 05
    Investigation of Driver License Suspension Payments
  • RPT2020 - 04
    Follow-Up Audit of the Solid Waste Contract for Operation of the Waste-To-Energy Plant
  • RPT2020 - 03
    Audit of Clerk Employees’ Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT2020 - 02
    Audit of Traffic Management System Coordination
  • RPT2020 - 01
    Follow-Up Investigation of Misappropriation of County Laptop

2019 Reports

  • RPT2019 - 37
    Observation of the Printing and Mail Service Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2019 - 36
    Follow-up Investigation of Safety and Emergency Service
  • RPT 2019 - 35
    Investigation of Misuse of County Equipment
  • RPT 2019 - 34
    Follow-up Investigation of North County Branch Transaction
  • RPT 2019 - 33
    Follow-Up Investigation of Real Estate Management Deed Recording
  • RPT 2019 - 32
    Observation of the Human Resources Department’s Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2019 - 31
    Investigation of Misuse of County Purchasing Card
  • RPT 2019 - 30
    Audit of the Concession Services Agreement with Republic Parking System, Inc.
  • RPT 2019 - 29
    Follow-up Investigation of PCCLB Release of Exempt Information
  • RPT 2019 - 28
    Unannounced Audit of the Fort De Soto Park Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2019 - 27
    Follow-Up Investigation of Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB) Employees’ Misuse of County Time – Respondent #2
  • RPT 2019 - 26
    Follow-Up Investigation of Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB) Employees’ Misuse of County Time – Respondent #1
  • RPT 2019 - 25
    Investigation of Sunstar Paramedics Conflict of Interest
  • RPT 2019 - 24
    Follow-Up Audit of Pinellas County Capital Improvement Program and Infrastructure – Utilities
  • RPT 2019 - 23
    Unannounced Audit of the Contractor Licensing Department Petty Cash and Change Funds
  • RPT 2019 - 22
    Observation of the Facility Operations Division’s Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2019 - 21
    Investigation of Housing Finance Authority Board Application Process
  • RPT 2019 - 20
    Follow-Up Audit of the Intergovernmental Radio Communication Program (public version)
  • RPT 2019 - 19
    Unannounced Audit of the Civil Court Records Department Imprest Funds and Notary Journals
  • RPT 2019 - 18
    Property Appraiser’s Internal Controls Over Residency Based Web Service
  • RPT 2019 - 17
    Follow-Up Investigation of a Foreclosure Sale Transaction
  • RPT 2019 - 16
    Audit of the Pinellas County Purchasing Card Program
  • RPT 2019 - 15
    Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Purchasing Card Program
  • RPT 2019 - 14
    Investigation Of A Complaint Filed With The Palm Beach County School District On October 23, 2018, Alleging Misconduct or Other Wrongdoing Involving the Palm Beach County School Board Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) General Counsel (Respondent)
  • RPT 2019 - 13
    Follow-Up Investigation of a North County Branch Office Cash Shortage
  • RPT 2019 - 12
    Unannounced Audit of the Criminal Court Customer Services Department Imprest Funds and Notary Journals
  • RPT 2019 - 11
    Follow-Up Audit of Agreements with Parks & Conservation Resources (PCR) Nonprofit Organizations
  • RPT 2019 - 10
    Unannounced Audit of the Utilities Water Quality Management Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2019 - 09
    Unannounced Audit of the Code Enforcement Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2019 - 08
    Unannounced Audit of the Heritage Village Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2019 - 07
    Follow-Up of Tax Increment Financing of Community Redevelopment Areas’ Payment to Cities
  • RPT 2019 - 06
    Follow-up Investigation of IT Contractor Billing
  • RPT 2019 - 05
    Follow-Up Investigation of Email Access
  • RPT 2019 - 04
    Follow-up Investigation of IT Contractor’s Access and Security
  • RPT 2019 - 03
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees’ Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT 2019 - 02
    Follow-Up Investigation of the Emergency Management Petty Cash Fund Shortage
  • RPT 2019 - 01
    Investigation of a Complaint Filed with the School District of Palm Beach County, Office of Inspector General (PBCSD/OIG) on August 31, 2018, Alleging Dr. Debra L. Robinson, Vice Chairwoman for Palm Beach County School Board, of Misconduct or Other Wrongdoing

2018 Reports

  • RPT 2018 - 36
    Inspector General's Observation of the Clerk's Technology Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 35
    Investigation of Building Services Time Abuse
  • RPT 2018 - 34
    Follow-Up Investigation of Solid Waste Petty Cash
  • RPT 2018 - 33
    Audit of Pinellas Public Library Cooperative Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT 2018 - 32
    Investigation of Misappropriation of County Laptop
  • RPT 2018 - 31
    Investigation Of A Complaint Filed With The Palm Beach County School District (PBCSD) On May 5, 2018, Alleging The Palm Beach County School Board Inspector General Violated His Contract By Conducting Business Unrelated To His Role As Inspector General
  • RPT 2018 - 30
    Follow-Up Audit of Risk Management's Internal Controls Over DAVID Information
  • RPT 2018 - 29
    Observation of the Emergency Medical Services Division Administration Unit’s Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 28
    Unannounced Audit of the Emergency Medical Services Operations,Regional 911 Division Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2018 - 27
    Unannounced Audit of the Finance Division Petty Cash Fund, Change Fund and Clerk's Notary Journals
  • RPT 2018 - 26
    Unannounced Audit of the Board Records Department Petty Cash Fund, Change Fund and Clerk's Notary Journals 
  • RPT 2018 - 25
    Investigation of Real Estate Management Deed Recording
  • RPT 2018 - 24
    Investigation of Safety & Emergency Services Misuse of Resources and Retaliation
  • RPT 2018 - 23
    Investigation of North County Branch Transaction
  • RPT 2018 - 22
    Follow-Up Audit of Consumer Protection's Internal Controls Over DAVID Information
  • RPT 2018 - 21
    Audit of Solid Waste Contract for Operation of the Waste-To-Energy Plant
  • RPT 2018 - 20
    Investigation of a Complaint Filed with the Palm Beach County School District 
  • RPT 2018 - 19
    Observation of Public Works Technical Services Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 18
    Investigation of Civil Court Records Misuse of County Time and Equipment
  • RPT 2018 - 17
    Audit of Existing Bank Accounts for the Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
  • RPT 2018 - 16
    Unannounced Audit of the Human Resources Department Petty Cash and Change Funds
  • RPT 2018 - 15
    Unannounced Audit of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2018 - 14
    Unannounced Audit of the Community Development and Planning Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2018 - 13
    Investigation of Fraudulent Guardianship Court Order
  • RPT 2018 - 12 
    Follow-Up Audit of the Observation of Regional 911 Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 11 
    Audit of Pinellas County Capital Improvement Program and Infrastructure - Utilities
  • RPT 2018 - 10 
    Follow-Up Audit of the Observation of Weedon Island Preserve and Weedon Island Education Center's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 09 
    Follow-Up Audit of the Observation of Eagle Lake Park's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 08 
    Follow-Up Audit of the Observation of Brooker Creek Preserve and Brooker Creek Education Center's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 07 
    Observation of the Business Technology Services' 2017 Annual Physical Inventory of Telecommunications Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2018 - 06 
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court Civil Court Records Support/Family Section
  • RPT 2018 - 05 
    Investigation of North County Branch Office Cash Shortage
  • RPT 2018 - 04
    Follow-Up Audit of Code Enforcement Division Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT 2018 - 03
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Fort De Soto Park Deposit Shortage
  • RPT 2018 - 02
    Investigation of the Emergency Management Petty Cash Fund Shortage
  • RPT 2018 - 01
    Observation of the Building Services Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets

2017 Reports

  • RPT 2017 - 37
    Audit of Intergovernmental Radio Communication Program
  • RPT 2017 - 36
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees' Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT 2017 - 35
    Investigation of Credit Report Compromise
  • RPT 2017 - 34
    Investigation of Foreclosure Sale Transaction
  • RPT 2017 - 33
    Inspector General's Observation of the District Six Medical Examiner's Office Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2017 - 32
    Inspector General's Observation of the Finance Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2017 - 31
    Unannounced Audit of the Public Works Natural Resources Change Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 30
    Unannounced Audit of the Planning Department Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 29
    Unannounced Audit of Recording Services/Official Records Change Fund and Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Notary Journals
  • RPT 2017 - 28
    Unannounced Audit of the Self Help Center (315 Court Street) Change Fund and Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Notary Journals
  • RPT 2017 - 27
    Investigation of Email Access
  • RPT 2017 - 26
    Unannounced Audit of the Records Management (49th Street) Change Fund and Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Notary Journals
  • RPT 2017 - 25
    Inspector General's Observation of Fleet Management's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2017 - 24
    Unannounced Audit of the Emergency Management Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 23
    Unannounced Audit of the Records Management (509 East) Change Fund, Records Management Petty Cash Fund and Clerk's Notary Journals
  • RPT 2017 - 22
    Unannounced Audit of the North General Maintenance Division (GMD) Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 21
    Unannounced Audit of the William E. Dunn Facility Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 20
    Unannounced Audit of the Public Works Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 19
    Unannounced Audit of the Printing and Mail Services (PCJC) Change Fund
  • RPT 2017 - 18
    Audit of Purchasing Card Usage for the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, and the County Administrator
  • RPT 2017 - 17
    Audit of Tax Increment Financing of Community Redevelopment Areas' Payments to Cities
  • RPT 2017 - 16
    Investigation of IT Contractor Billing
  • RPT 2017 - 15
    Follow-Up Audit of Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability Contracts
  • RPT 2017 - 14
    Audit of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board
  • Grand Jury Presentment
    PCCLB September 20, 2017
  • RPT 2017 - 13
    Investigation of PCCLB Release of Exempt Information
  • RPT 2017 - 12
    Investigation of PCCLB Employees' Misuse of County Time - Respondent #2
  • RPT 2017 - 11
    Investigation of PCCLB Employees' Misuse of County Time - Respondent #1
  • RPT 2017 - 10
    Complaint for Misconduct or Other Wrongdoing Involving the School Board of Palm Beach County (SBPBC) Inspector General and/or Employee of the SBPBC Inspector General
  • RPT 2017 - 09
    Observation of the Department of Human Services Bayside Health Clinic's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2017 - 08
    Investigation of Solid Waste Petty Cash
  • RPT 2017 - 07
    Investigative Follow-up Report of Fort De Soto Parking Citation
  • RPT 2017 - 06
    Audit of Consumer Protection's Internal Controls Over David Information
  • RPT 2017 - 05
    Unannounced Audit of the St. Petersburg Branch and Self Help Center Imprest Funds and Notary Journals
  • RPT 2017 - 04
    Investigation of IT Contractor's Access and Security
  • RPT 2017 - 03
    Audit of Risk Management's Internal Controls Over DAVID Information
  • RPT 2017 - 02
    Investigation of Civil Court Records Division Employee's Internet Usage
  • RPT 2017 - 01
    Investigation of Release of Information by PCJC Staff

2016 Reports

  • RPT 2016 - 40
    Audit of Agreements with Parks & Conservation Resources Nonprofit Organizations
  • RPT 2016 - 39
    Follow-Up Audit of Pinellas County GIS Infrastructure Construction Water and Sewer Information
  • RPT 2016 - 38
    Follow-Up Audit of Multiple Award Service Contracts for Motor & Pump Repairs
  • RPT 2016 - 37
    Investigation of Fort De Soto Park Deposit Shortage
  • RPT 2016 - 36
    Inspector General's Observation of Weedon Island Preserve and Weedon Island Education Center's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 35
    Inspector General's Observation of Eagle Lake Park's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 34
    Inspector General's Observation of Brooker Creek Preserve and Brooker Creek Education Center's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 33
    Investigation of Citizen Fabricating Clerk Documents
  • RPT 2016 - 32
    Inspector General's Observation of Regional 911 Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 31
    Inspector General's Observation of Fire Administration Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 30
    Unannounced Audit of the Human Services Community Connections Division Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 29
    Unannounced Audit of the Utilities Department's Office of Engineering and Technical Support Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 28
    Unannounced Audit of the Criminal Customer Service Division Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2016 - 27
    Investigation of Docket Entry Timing
  • RPT 2016 - 26
    Follow-Up Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court's Internal Controls Over David Information
  • RPT 2016 - 25
    Unannounced Audit of the Solid Waste Department's Scalehouse Change Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 24
    Follow-Up Audit of Housing Finance Authority Long-Term Obligations
  • RPT 2016 - 23
    Follow-Up Audit of Animal Services Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT 2016 - 22
    Inspector General's Observation of Radio & Technology Division's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 21
    Follow Up Audit of the Mosquito Control and Vegetation Management Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 20
    Unannounced Audit of the Business Technology Services Administration Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 19
    Unannounced Audit of the Airport Administration Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 18
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees' Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT 2016 - 17
    Follow-Up Audit of Real Estate Management Warehouse Inventory Controls
  • RPT 2016 - 16
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk's Collection Services Agreements
  • RPT 2016 - 15
    Investigation of the Local Planning Agency (LPA)
  • RPT 2016 - 14
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Self Help Center - Downtown Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2016 - 13
    Unannounced Audit of the Recording Services/Official Records Division Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2016 - 12
    Investigation of the Clerk's Transcript Copy Charges
  • RPT 2016 - 11
    Inspector General's Observation of Solid Waste Department's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2016 - 10
    Investigation of Misuse of County Time and Equipment
  • RPT 2016 - 09
    Follow-Up Audit of Fort De Soto Park Operations & Internal Controls
  • RPT 2016 - 08
    Audit of Monroe County Safe Harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys Contract
  • RPT 2016 - 07
    Audit of Circuit Court Civil Court Records Support/Family
  • RPT 2016 - 06
    Audit of Citrus County Solid Waste Commercial Disposal Fees
  • RPT 2016 - 05
    Audit of Code Enforcement Division Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT 2016 - 04
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Civil Court Records Department Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2016 - 03
    Unannounced Audit of the Utilities South General Maintenance Division (GMD) Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2016 - 02
    Investigation of Fort De Soto Parking Citation
  • RPT 2016 - 01
    Investigative Review of the Solid Waste Advisory Council (SWAC) Fund

2015 Reports

  • RPT 2015 - 44
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk's Records and Information Management Mid-County Office Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 43
    Unannounced Audit of the Human Services Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2015 - 42
    Unannounced Audit of the Human Resources Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2015 - 41
    Unannounced Audit of the Building Development Review Services Petty Cash Fund
  • RPT 2015 - 40
    Inspector General's Observation of the Parks and Conservation Resources Extension Services Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 39
    Investigation of Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Hiring Practices
  • RPT 2015 - 38
    Inspector General's Observation of the Parks and Conservation Resources Trades Department's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 37
    Audit of Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability Contracts
  • RPT 2015 - 36
    Investigative Review of Unrecorded Death Certificates
  • RPT 2015 - 35
    Audit of Pinellas County GIS Infrastructure Construction Water and Sewer Information
  • RPT 2015 - 34
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees' Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT 2015 - 33
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's North County Branch Office Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 32
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Board Records Change Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 31
    Follow-Up Audit of Human Services' Community Help & Electronic Data Application System (CHEDAS)
  • RPT 2015 - 30
    Investigation of Employee Personnel Records
  • RPT 2015 - 29
    Observation of the Communications Department's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 28
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's St. Petersburg Branch Office Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 27
    Unannounced Audit of the Communications Department Imprest Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 26
    Investigative Review of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's Tyrone Branch Office Marriage License Control
  • RPT 2015 - 25
    Investigative Review of Misuse of County Time
  • RPT 2015 - 24
    Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court's Internal Controls Over DAVID
  • RPT 2015 - 23
    Unannounced Audit of the Mosquito Control Imprest Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 22
    Audit of Existing Bank Accounts for the Board of County Commissioners and the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
  • RPT 2015 - 21
    Audit of the Clerk's Collection Services Agreements
  • RPT 2015 - 20
    Audit of Animal Services Operations and Internal Controls
  • RPT 2015 - 19
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center Office Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 18
    Inspector General's Observation of the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 17
    Inspector General's Observation of the STAR Center's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 16
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Records & Information Management Mid-County Office Notary Journals and Imprest Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 15
    Inspector General's Observation of South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2015 - 14
    Investigative Review of the Utilities Certification Incentive Policy
  • RPT 2015 - 13
    Audit of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport Lease and Concession Agreement With Stellar Partners, Inc.
  • RPT 2015 - 12
    Follow-Up Audit of Service & Maintenance Contracts for Parks and Conservation Resources
  • RPT 2015 - 11
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Conduct Unbecoming a Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Employee
  • RPT 2015 - 10
    Audit of Real Estate Management Warehouse Inventory Controls
  • RPT 2015 - 09
    Follow-Up Audit of Pinellas County BCC Cellular Phone Stipend Program
  • RPT 2015 - 08
    Complaint for Misconduct or Other Wrongdoing Involving the School District of Palm Beach County's Superintendent
  • RPT 2015 - 07
    Unannounced Audit of the Clerk's Tyrone Branch Notary Journals, Imprest and Witness Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 06
    Audit of BTS Hewlett Packard Contract
  • RPT 2015 - 05
    Unannounced Audit of the Young-Rainey STAR Center Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2015 - 04
    Follow-Up Audit of Justice and Consumer Services' Justice Coordination Programs
  • RPT 2015 - 03
    Investigative Review - Public Record Information - Prevost
  • RPT 2015 - 02
    Audit of Housing Finance Authority Long-Term Obligations
  • RPT 2015 - 01
    Investigative Review - Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Abuse of Authority

2014 Reports

  • RPT 2014 - 42
    Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Clerk's Notary Process
  • RPT 2014 - 41
    Unannounced Audit of the Self Help Center Imprest Change Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 40
    Unannounced Audit of the DEI Engineering and Technical Support Department Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 39
    Unannounced Audit of the Recording Department Imprest Change Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 38
    Investigative Review - Improper Disclosure of Case Information
  • RPT 2014 - 37
    Follow-up Audit of Pinellas County's Compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • RPT 2014 - 36
    Audit of Multiple Award Service Contracts for Motor & Pump Repairs
  • RPT 2014 - 35
    Investigative Review of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's North County Branch
  • RPT 2014 - 34
    Audit of Fort De Soto Park Operations & Internal Controls
  • RPT 2014 - 33
    Unannounced Audit of the Civil Court Records Department Imprest Change and Juror Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 32
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Clerk Civil Court Child Support Section Fees
  • RPT 2014 - 31
    Investigative Follow-up Report of Misuse of County Time
  • RPT 2014 - 30
    Follow-up Audit of Pinellas County Mosquito Control
  • RPT 2014 - 29
    Audit of Building & Development Permit Revenue, Collection & Allocation
  • RPT 2014 - 28
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees' Use of Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) Personal Data
  • RPT 2014 - 27
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Automated Copy Request System Integrity
  • RPT 2014 - 26
    Follow-Up Audit of Digital Certificate Key Monitoring
  • RPT 2014 - 25
    Unannounced Audit of the Probate Records Department Change Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 24
    Follow-up Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Self Help Centers' Services Revenue Collection
  • RPT 2014 - 23
    Audit of the Public Safety Facilities and Centralized Communications Center
  • RPT 2014 - 22
    Audit of Housing Finance Authority, Bright Community Trust Inc, Conveyed Pinellas County Surplus Property
  • RPT 2014 - 21
    Unannounced Audit of the BTS Administration Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 20
    Unannounced Audit of the DEI's South Cross Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 19
    Follow-up Audit of DEI GMD Contract with Ferguson Waterworks
  • RPT 2014 - 18
    Follow-up Audit of Convention & Visitors Bureau - Operations/Controls
  • RPT 2014 - 17
    Follow-up Audit of the Examination of Justice and Consumer Services Internal Controls over DAVE Information
  • RPT 2014 - 16
    Unannounced Audit of the Inspector General Division's Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 15
    Observation of Airport's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2014 - 14
    Follow-up Audit of Non-Engineering Consulting Contracts
  • RPT 2014 - 13
    Audit of Health & Community Services' Community Help & Electronic Data Application System (CHEDAS)
  • RPT 2014 - 12
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Traffic Department D6 Reporting (Driver License Suspension) to DHSMV
  • RPT 2014 - 11
    Observation of Animal Services Department's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2014 - 10
    Unannounced Audit of the St Petersburg Branch Change and Jury Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 09
    Unannounced Audit of Printing and Mail Services Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 08
    Investigative Review of CCC Employee Violated County Policies
  • RPT 2014 - 07
    Unannounced Audit of Animal Services Petty Cash and Change Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 06
    Audit of Service and Maintenance Contracts for Parks and Conservation Resources
  • RPT 2014 - 05
    Follow-Up Audit of Fleet Allocations
  • RPT 2014 - 04
    Unannounced Audit of Airport Administration Cash Funds
  • RPT 2014 - 03
    Investigative Review of Reliable Septic & Sewer, Inc. and M & D Grease Disposal, Inc
  • RPT 2014 - 02
    Follow-Up Audit of the Management of Cross Bar & AL Bar Ranches
  • RPT 2014 - 01
    Follow-Up Audit of Pinellas County Enterprise Information Security & Oversight Administration

2013 Reports

  • RPT 2013 - 45
    Audit of Justice and Consumer Services' Justice Coordination Programs
  • RPT 2013 - 44
    Unannounced Audit of Probate Court Records Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 43
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Clerk Recording Department Deposits
  • RPT 2013 - 42
    Follow-Up Audit of the Unannounced Limited Audit of the Existing Bank Accounts for the Board of County Commissioners and Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • RPT 2013 - 41
    Unannounced Audit of Department of Environmental and Infrastructure Water and Sewer Monitoring Department Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 40
    Follow-Up Audit of Solid Waste Municipal Recycling Reimbursement Grants
  • RPT 2013 - 39
    Follow-Up Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court Amscot Collections
  • RPT 2013 - 38
    Follow-Up Audit of the Clerk of the Circuit Court Probate Court Records Guardianship Audit Section
  • RPT 2013 - 37
    Observation of Communications Department's Annual Physical Inventory of Fixed Assets
  • RPT 2013 - 36
    Investigative Review of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board's Facility's Use By Non-County Organizations
  • RPT 2013 - 35
    Reconciliation Audit of the "Cash Appearance Bonds" Section of the "Court Registry/Trust Collection Balances Report" (CLKAD235) as of September 23, 2013; and the "Open Cash Bond Report" (CLKGQA847) as of September 24, 2013
  • RPT 2013 - 34
    Audit of Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners' Cellular Phone Stipend Program
  • RPT 2013 - 33
    Unannounced Audit of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 32
    Unannounced Audit of the North County Branch Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 31
    Follow-Up Audit of Continuity of Operations Plan (CEMP, COOP/COG)
  • RPT 2013 - 30
    Follow-Up Audit of the Pinellas County Economic Development Authority Industrial Revenue Bonds
  • RPT 2013 - 29
    Investigative Review of the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Compliance with Area Chambers of Commerce Funding Agreements
  • RPT 2013 - 28
    Investigation of Clerk's Accounting of Payments Received (Nicholas)
  • RPT 2013 - 27
    Investigation of Clerk's Accounting of Payments Received (Boudreault)
  • RPT 2013 - 26
    Follow-Up Audit of the 2000-2001 Penny for Pinellas Sales Tax Distribution and Expenditures
  • RPT 2013 - 25
    Continuous Audit of Property Appraiser Employees' Use of Driver and Vehicle Express (DAVE) Personal Data
  • RPT 2013 - 24
    Investigation of Misuse of County Time
  • RPT 2013 - 23
    Audit of Pinellas County's Compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • RPT 2013 - 22
    Follow-Up Audit of HDR Engineering Services Contract
  • RPT 2013 - 21
    Invest Follow-Up Animal Services Internal Report
  • RPT 2013 - 20
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Community Development's $3.4 Million State Housing Initiatives Partnership Loan to Crest Capital LLP
  • RPT 2013 - 19
    Follow-Up Audit of Utilities GMD Internal Controls on Inventories and Supplies
  • RPT 2013 - 18
    Audit of DEI GMD Contract With Ferguson Waterworks
  • RPT 2013 - 17
    Examination of Justice and Consumer Services Internal Controls Over DAVE Information
  • RPT 2013 - 16
    Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Self Help Centers' Services Revenue Collection
  • RPT 2013 - 15
    Follow-Up Audit of Utilities Billings Customer Information System
  • RPT 2013 - 14
    Investigative Follow-Up of Potential Conflict of Interest of a Member of the Local Coordinating Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • RPT 2013 - 13
    Investigation of Traffic Department D6 Reporting (Driver License Suspension) to DHSMV
  • RPT 2013 - 12
    Unannounced Audit of Risk Management Department Petty Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 11
    Investigative Review - Real Estate Management 49th Street Jail
  • RPT 2013 - 10
    Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Automated Copy Request System Integrity
  • RPT 2013 - 09
    Investigation of Clerk Civil Court Child Support Fees
  • RPT 2013 - 08
    Unannounced Audit of Clerk's Tyrone Branch Office Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 07
    Audit of Certificate Key Monitoring
  • RPT 2013 - 06
    Audit of Non-Engineering Consulting Contracts
  • RPT 2013 - 05
    Investigative Follow-Up Report of Permits Plus Collections and Deposits
  • RPT 2013 - 04
    Unannounced Audit of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Cash Funds
  • RPT 2013 - 03
    Audit of Pinellas County Mosquito Control
  • RPT 2013 - 02
    Investigation of Printing Services Department
  • RPT 2013 - 01
    Audit of Convention & Visitors Bureau - Operations/Controls

2012 Reports

  • RPT 2012 - 28
    Investigation of Clerk Recording Department Deposits
  • RPT 2012 - 27
    Unannounced Audit of Community Development's Cash Funds
  • RPT 2012 - 26
    Unannounced Audit of Real Estate Management Cash Funds
  • RPT 2012 - 25
    Follow-Up Audit of Community Development Administration and Selected Programs
  • RPT 2012 - 24
    Follow-Up Audit of Utilities and Public Works Engineering Consultant Selection Processes
  • RPT 2012 - 23
    Reconciliation Audit of the "Cash Appearance Bonds" Section of the "Court Registry/Trust Collection Balances " Report (CLKAD235) as of September 28, 2012; and the "Open Cash Bond Report" (CLKGQ847) as of September 38, 2012
  • RPT 2012 - 22
    Audit of the Management of Cross Bar & AL-Bar Ranches
  • RPT 2012 - 21
    Audit of Fleet Allocations
  • RPT 2012 - 20
    Audit of Pinellas County Economic Development Authority Industrial Revenue Bonds
  • RPT 2012 - 19
    Investigative Review - Civil Case File No. 11001619CI
  • RPT 2012 - 18
    Follow-Up Audit of County Travel Expenditures-Finance Accounts Payable
  • RPT 2012 - 17
    Audit of Solid Waste Municipal Recycling Reimbursement Grants
  • RPT 2012 - 16
    Audit of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grants
  • RPT 2012 - 15
    Investigative Review - Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB) Testing Procedures
  • RPT 2012 - 14
    Unannounced Audit of Utilities Customer Service Department Cash Funds
  • RPT 2012 - 13
    Investigative Review - Palm Harbor Sports Lighting Bids
  • RPT 2012 - 12
    Investigative Review - Policies and Procedures on Claim of Liens
  • RPT 2012 - 11
    Unannounced Audit of the St. Petersburg Branch Cash Funds
  • RPT 2012 - 10
    Reconciliation Audit of the "Cash Appearance Bonds" Section of the "Court Registry/Trust Collection Balances" Report (CLKAD235) as of October 5, 2011; and the "Open Cash Bond Report" (CLKGQ847) as of October 3, 2011
  • RPT 2012 - 09
    Audit of Enterprise Information Security Oversight & Administration
  • RPT 2012 - 08
    Follow-Up Audit of EpiCenter Interlocal Agreement
  • RPT 2012 - 07
    Follow-Up Audit of Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • RPT 2012 - 06
    Audit of Continuity of Operations Plan (CEMP, COOP/COG)
  • RPT 2012 - 05
    Follow-Up Audit of UHC Health Claims
  • RPT 2012 - 04
    Unannounced Limited Audit of the Existing Bank Accounts for the Board of County Commissioners and Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • RPT 2012 - 03
    Audit of Clerk of the Circuit Court Amscot Collections
  • RPT 2012 - 02
    Audit of HDR Engineering Services Contract
  • RPT 2012 - 01
    Audit of Utilities General Maintenance Division Internal Controls of Inventory and Supplies

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Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse

To report fraud, waste and abuse, complete the web form below. You may also mail, call, fax or e-mail the Inspector General.

Write:
Public Integrity Unit
Division of Inspector General
510 Bay Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756

Call:
(727) 45FRAUD (453-7283)

Fax:
(727) 464-8386

E-mail:
fraudhotline@pinellascounty.org

Complaint Intake Process

Upon receipt of a complaint, a preliminary review of the allegations is made to determine jurisdiction and the probability that the alleged acts could have occurred. Credible complaints outside of the Inspector General’s jurisdiction are referred to the appropriate agency. Program-related, personnel, or administrative matters often do not result in an investigation being opened. In these situations, we refer the complaint, when appropriate, to the proper County department. Complainants who provide contact information receive notification whether the complaint will be investigated.

By virtue of the Whistle-blower's Act, employees who report suspected wrongdoing or fraudulent activities meeting the definition in the Whistle-blower’s Act (Sections 112.3187 – 112.31895, Florida Statutes) are protected from retaliation by management or other employees.

Referrals are made to the State Attorney when evidence suggests that a criminal activity has or may have occurred.

Persons reporting fraud, waste, and abuse directed against the County must provide sufficient details to facilitate an investigation. Immediate reporting is necessary while facts are still fresh in the mind of the complainant. All reports must answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how.

  • Who was involved? (names, addresses, phone numbers, if available)
  • What happened? (summary of events, additional sources of evidence)
  • When did it happen? (date, time, frequency)
  • Where did it happen? (location, city, state)
  • Why was it done? (any known motive for committing such act)
  • How did it happen? (what scheme was used)

Providing supporting documentation directly related to the complaint assists in timely preliminary review and a more efficient investigation, if warranted. We may not be able to investigate complaints that are too vague or cannot be corroborated.

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    Pinellas County Fraud, Waste & Abuse Policy
    Pinellas County Administrative Directive 19-1, Office of the County Administrator
    Homestead Exemption Fraud
    Pinellas County Housing - Authority’s Fraud Reporting
    You Have A VOICE - Report Cybercrime

    Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

    Economic Crimes Unit(report identity theft, financial fraud, or crimes against the elderly) - (727) 582-6200

    Consumer Protection, Pinellas

    http://pinellascounty.org/consumer/default.htm

    Florida Department of Children and Families

    Circuit 6 Community Development Administrator
    11351 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33778
    (877) 595-0384
    Circuit 6 Contacts

    Medicaid or Food Stamp Problems
    (813) 558-5500 or 1(866) 762-2237
    Online here.

    Housing Assistance Problems in Pinellas County

    • Clearwater Housing Authority: (727) 461-5777
    • Community Service Foundation: (727) 461-0618
    • Housing and Community Development Department: (727) 464-8210
    • Pinellas County Housing Authority: (727) 443-7684
    • Pinellas Opportunity Council Emergency Assistance with Utilities: (727) 937-9393
    • Pinellas Opportunity Council Rent/Mortgage Assistance
      • Pinellas Park: (727) 822-4492
      • St. Petersburg: (727) 894-5176
      • South Pinellas County: (727) 822-4492
      • St. Petersburg Housing Authority (727) 323-3171

    Florida Department of Elder Affairs Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

    West Coast District Office
    11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 303
    Largo, FL 33778
    (727) 588-6912
    Fax: (727) 588-3648
    Serving Pasco and Pinellas Counties

    Consumer Services (Department of Financial Services) State of FL
    http://www.myfloridacfo.com/OnGuard/ContactUs.htm

    Report Guardianship Fraud, Waste & Abuse

    To report Guardianship fraud, waste and abuse, complete the web form below. You may also mail, call, fax or e-mail the Inspector General.

    Write:
    Public Integrity Unit
    Division of Inspector General
    510 Bay Ave.
    Clearwater, FL 33756

    Call:
    (727) 45FRAUD (453-7283)

    Fax:
    (727) 464-8386

    E-mail:
    fraudhotline@pinellascounty.org

    Public Integrity Unit - Guardianship Section

    Professional auditors/investigators of the Division of Inspector General’s Guardianship Section support the Clerk and Comptroller's Probate Division staff to augment the Court's oversight process applicable to the protection of persons' subject to guardianship assets pursuant to Chapter 744, Florida Statutes. In coordination and cooperation with the General Magistrates of the Probate,Guardianship, and Mental Health Division of the Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit Court (Court), the Inspector General conducts varying levels of audits and financial investigations related to guardianship reports and activities.

    Complaint Intake Process

    Upon receipt of a complaint against a guardian, a preliminary review of the allegations is made to determine jurisdiction and gather pertinent guardianship case information. Complaints outside of the Inspector General’s jurisdiction are referred to the appropriate agency. The Court is notified of jurisdictional complaints and determines the appropriate action which may include appointing the Division of Inspector General to investigate.

    Persons reporting guardianship fraud, waste, and abuse must provide sufficient details to facilitate an investigation. Immediate reporting is necessary while facts are still fresh in the mind of the complainant. All reports must answer the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how.

    • Who was involved? (names, addresses, phone numbers, if available)
    • What happened? (summary of events, additional sources of evidence)
    • When did it happen? (date, time, frequency)
    • Where did it happen? (location, city, state)
    • Why was it done? (any known motive for committing such act)
    • How did it happen? (what scheme was used)

    Providing supporting documentation directly related to the complaint assists in timely preliminary review and a more efficient investigation, if warranted. Complaints that are too vague or cannot be corroborated may not be able to be investigated.

    If you suspect physical abuse, please contact:

    Florida Department of Children and Families
    1 (800) 96-ABUSE (962-2873)
    TDD: 1 (800) 453-5145
    FAX: 1 (800) 914-0004
    www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/howtoreport.shtml
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      About Florida’s Guardianship Partnership

      Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers have partnered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG) to investigate legally sufficient complaints against professional guardians statewide, effective October 1, 2016. This statewide partnership is known as the Statewide Investigation Alliance (SIA).

      As an SIA member, the Division of Inspector General’s staff of independent and professional auditors/investigators reinforces the following:

      • Florida Judicial Circuit Courts’ duties of oversight and protection of persons subject to guardianship.
      • The Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers’ duties to audit and investigate guardianships and advise the Court.
      • The OPPG’s duties of monitoring and educating professional guardians.

      Legally sufficient complaints about the conduct of professional guardians made to the OPPG after March 10, 2016, will be referred to an SIA member for investigation.

      OPPG can take administrative action on violations of Standards of Practice for Professional Guardians effective on June 23, 2017.

      Investigative findings of substantiated allegations of violations by professional guardians prior to June 23, 2017, could also be reported to the Court, the Clerk and Comptroller, and may be referred to law enforcement, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the State Attorney, or The Florida Bar, as appropriate.

      Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG)

      Who We Are

      The Office of Public & Professional Guardians (OPPG), housed within the Department of Elder Affairs, appoints local public guardian offices as directed by statute to provide guardianship services to persons who do not have adequate income or assets to afford a private guardian and there is no willing family or friend to serve. The OPPG, which contracts with 17 local Offices of Public Guardianship throughout Florida, is also responsible for the registration and education of professional guardians. Since 2016, the program has expanded its responsibilities to include regulating approximately more than 550 professional guardians statewide, which includes investigating, and if deemed appropriate, the discipline of guardians in violation of law. The OPPG can be reached by calling (850) 414-2381 or by email at OPPGinfo@elderaffairs.org.