The inspector general committee shall be comprised of the commission on ethics, the state attorney for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee, and the public defender for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee. The chairperson of the inspector general committee shall be chairperson of the commission on ethics. The responsibility of the Inspector General Committee is to select an inspector general, decide whether to renew an inspector general contract, and to partake in the removal process of an inspector general in the event of neglect of duty, abuse of power or authority, discrimination, or ethical misconduct.
Michael Kridel is a Certified Public Accountant and Shareholder in Michael S. Kridel, C.P.A., P.A., in Delray Beach. He holds the Certified in Financial Forensics, Certified Information Technology Professional and Certified Forensic Consultant designations as well as others. Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from The George Washington University. Prior to reestablishing his named practice in 2018, he was a Partner in Daszkal Bolton for 17 years and then a Principal in Rehmann Robson for nearly 5 years. He previously practiced as a sole practitioner. Mr. Kridel has provided accounting, tax and litigation services in a broad range of matters including family law, stockholder actions, financial damages, fraud detection, criminal and civil tax matters, wrongful discharge and professional malpractice defense.
Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker and author, garnering numerous awards, at national and local conferences for accountants and attorneys on topics such as litigation services, professional ethics, eDiscovery, practice management, information technology and human resources. He is a certified ethics instructor for CPAs in Florida and, an online instructor in forensic accounting courses for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a guest instructor at Florida Atlantic University and other institutions. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. Mr. Kridel has been a Rotarian since 1986 and is a board member of multiple not-for-profit organizations.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing in excess of 15,000 seniors. He is also the accounting profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy.
Peter Cruise is Executive Director of the Public Ethics Academy and Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations.
Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Public Administration from FAU in 1995, Dr. Cruise taught ethics and organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate students in universities such as California State University-Chico, Golden Gate University, Louisiana State University and Mary Baldwin University. Before beginning his academic life, his professional career started in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.
In addition to many published articles, he is the co-editor of the Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach (2nd Edition, 2006). In April 2015, Dr. Cruise was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus by the faculty of the College of Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University.
Bryan Kummerlen was hired as an officer by the West Palm Beach Police Department in 1987. During his 30 year career, he held a variety of assignments and was appointed to Chief in 2014. Bryan was recognized as Palm Beach County Police Chief of the Year in 2016. He retired as Chief in the spring of 2017. Currently, he is an independent security and risk consultant and also has served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.
Bryan was raised in Palm Beach County and attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology. Later he received a Master of Public Administration Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Bryan also attended the Southern Police Institute Executive Leadership Program, Senior Management Institute for Policing and the Florida Atlantic University Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program.
Bryan is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association. He has served on the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Planning Council, Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and the 15th Circuit Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.
Rodney Romano is a Florida Licensed Attorney and Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. He founded Matrix Mediation in 2006 to bring a next level of excellence and consistency to the mediation profession. Mr. Romano has conducted more than 22,000 hours of circuit civil mediations and has been a member of the Florida Supreme Court appointed Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board since 2009. Rodney is a former Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney and served 4 terms as Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, Florida.
Mr. Romano earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. Prior to admission to the Florida Bar, Rodney was a Florida Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Florida Certified General Contractor.
Rodney is a licensed (non-current) private pilot and Nitrox certified scuba diver, and a lifelong resident of Palm Beach County. He is married to Lynnette and has five children and three grandchildren.
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Sarah Shullman is an Assistant Attorney General with the Florida Office of the Attorney General, where she conducts investigations and civil prosecutions of persons and companies engaged in deceptive trade practices. As a result of her work in shutting down fraudulent scams that victimized Florida consumers and homeowners, Sarah was named Consumer Protection Division Attorney of the Year. Previously, Sarah served Palm Beach County as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and practiced in business and consumer finance litigation at Steel Hector & Davis and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She was recently named a "Top Government Lawyer" in Florida Trend's Legal Elite and was selected as a "Leader in the Law" by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
Sarah earned her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown and her business degree with honors from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, she published The Illusion of Devil's Advocacy: How the Justices of the Supreme Court Foreshadow Their Decisions During Oral Argument, in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process. Dedicated to her local community, she serves on the Board of Managers for the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington, is a founding member of the Young Professionals of Wellington, and is an honorary trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation. She is also active in the legal community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Chapter, various committees of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Consumer Protection and Grievance Committees of The Florida Bar. Sarah frequently speaks at consumer protection seminars, and prior to her appointment, served as a Volunteer Advocate for the Commission on Ethics.
Ms. Haughwout is serving her third term as Public Defender of the 15th Judicial Circuit. She took office in January of 2001 after working as a private criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee and Palm Beach County for 17 years.
She spent a decade practicing in West Palm Beach with her husband John Tierney. From 1985 to 1990 she worked as assistant public defender in Tallahassee and Palm Beach County working her way from misdemeanor to capital cases. She started her career as an associate with a Tallahassee trial firm.
As an advocate for the indigent accused, Carey has worked with many organizations throughout the State of Florida. She has been a member of the Palm Beach County, state and national Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Criminal Justice Commission, Legal Aid Society and the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
Her expertise was recognized with the Governor Lawton Chiles’ appointment to the Domestic Violence Clemency Panel from 1995-1998 and the Supreme Court of Florida 1997 Appointment to the Special Advisory Committee on Minimum Standards of Competency for Counsel in Capital Cases. She was awarded the 1994 Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award for Criminal Law service and the 2001 Pro Bono Homeless Advocacy Award.
She graduated with High Honors from Florida State University College of Law in 1983. In 1979, she earned a degree in economics and sociology from New College in Sarasota.
Dave Aronberg was elected State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit in November 2012. He is a former assistant attorney general, White House Fellow and Florida Senator.
Aronberg was born in Miami. He graduated with honors from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After graduation, he worked in the litigation department of a large South Florida law firm while also working closely with then-Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson to investigate European insurance companies that refused to honor World War II-era policies sold to victims of the Holocaust.
In 1999, Aronberg became a Florida Assistant Attorney General for economic crimes, leading one of the country’s first investigations of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the prescription drug Oxycontin, for its marketing practices. He also headed the State’s lawsuit against “Miss Cleo,” the “Jamaican Shango Shaman Psychic” who had become an international celebrity among late-night television viewers. Former Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth called Aronberg's effort to protect consumers from fraud “relentless.”
In 2000, Aronberg was selected to be one of 15 White House Fellows from across the country. In this non-partisan position, he served in two presidential administrations as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury Department for international money laundering, including the laundering of terrorist assets.
Dave Aronberg was elected to the State Senate in 2002 and served until 2010. Focusing on criminal justice and consumer protection issues, Aronberg passed major identity theft and port security legislation and received national attention for his work to close loopholes in our sex offender laws.
In 2010, Aronberg returned to the Florida Attorney General’s Office as a Special Prosecutor for Prescription Drug Trafficking. In his role as the Attorney General’s “Drug Czar,” Aronberg led AG Pam Bondi’s anti-pill mill initiative that helped clean up the pain clinic industry and reduced the record number of people dying each day from oxycodone abuse.