Inspector General Committee

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.

Appointed by:

Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs

Michael S. Kridel, CPA, CFF, CITP, CFS - Chair

Michael KridelMichael Kridel is a Principal with Rehmann Robson and practices primarily from the Boca Raton office. He is a practice leader in the litigation services area of Rehmann Consulting and its corporate investigation group.

Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from The George Washington University. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a partner with a large Palm Beach County accounting firm for nearly 17 years.

Since 1974, Mr. Kridel has provided 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. Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker, 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 instructors in Florida and is an online instructor in fraud courses for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. He is also active in several community service organizations and is a Partner in Education at numerous Broward County high schools. For more than twenty years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing nearly 1,500 students annually. He is also the profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy.

Appointed by:

Florida Atlantic University

Clevis Headley, Ph.D. - Vice Chair

Clevis Headley, Ph.D.Clevis Headley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University. He grew up in Delray Beach and graduated from Atlantic High School in 1980. He attended Sewanee: The University of the South, from which he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1985, and conducted his graduate studies in philosophy at the University of Miami, receiving his Ph.D. in 1991. He has been teaching at Florida Atlantic University since 1993 and served as Chair of the philosophy department from 2008 to 2010. Professor Headley publishes regularly in scholarly journals and anthologies and is a founding member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He teaches courses in a variety of areas, including ethical theory and political philosophy.

Appointed by:

County Association of Chiefs of Police

Bryan Kummerlen, MPA

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.

Appointed by:

Palm Beach County League of Cities

Judy Pierman

Judy M. Pierman As former councilperson and first woman Mayor of North Palm Beach, Ms. Pierman has been a positive force in the Palm Beach County community for several decades, most notably in the area of education. Currently, she is the Hispanic Human Resources Council’s (HHRC) Deputy Director. Ms. Pierman, who also doubles as the HHR Director of Education, a post she has maintained since 1994, is a long standing educator, former teacher in Ohio, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and Michigan and founder of pre-school programs in Ohio. She has served as President of Child Advocacy Board of Palm Beach County, Inc., a board member of Hope Rural School, a board member of The Benjamin School Corporate, a board member of Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, Inc., and the former Director of Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches. Ms. Pierman is a member of the American Association of University Women, Friends of the North Palm Beach Library and the National Association for Education of Young Children.

Her honors include the Deaf Service Center Distinguished Service Award, Child Advocate Award in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 from the Child Advocacy Board of Palm Beach County, Inc., Extended Hands Community Literacy Award in 2004, Fair Housing Award in 2004, One Child at a Time Award in 2008, Brightest and Best Award in 2009, and the 4-H University of Florida Palm Beach County Outstanding Partner Award in 2015.

Appointed by:

Hispanic Bar Association of Palm Beach County, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association and, County Bar Association

Sarah L. Shullman, Esquire

Photo not available at this timeSarah 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.

Public Defender:

Carey Haughwout

Carey HaughwoutMs. 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.

State Attorney:

Dave Aronberg

Dave AronbergDave 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.

Previous Inspector General Committee Members

Appointed by County Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Bruce Reinhart – February 2010 - February 2011
  • Daniel T. Galo - March 2012 - December 2013
  • Michael Loffredo – March 2014 - June 2017

Appointed by Florida Atlantic University

  • Robin N. Fiore, PH.D. - February 2010 - February 2014

Appointed by Hispanic Bar Association of Palm Beach County, F. Malcolm Cunningham Sr. Bar Association and , County Bar Association

  • Manuel Farach - February 2010 - September 2013
  • Salesia V. Smith-Gordon, R.Ph. - September 2013 - June 2015

Appointed by Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs

  • Ronald E. Harbison - February 2010 - August 2013

Appointed by Palm Beach League of Cities

  • Judge Edward Rogers - February 2010 - July 2012
  • Patricia L. Archer - July 2012 - February 2014
  • Carmine A. Priore - March 2014 - May 2015

State Attorney

  • Michael McAuliffe - February 2010 - March 2012
  • Peter Antonacci - March 2012 - December 2012

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