|By Fedor Zarkhin, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The finalists, six men and one woman, will be grilled today by a seven-member panel in 45-minute interviews. The panel is expected to make its decision the same day.
In addition to audit and investigative experience, the committee will be looking for candidates' commitment to staying in the county, their confidence and their communication skills, said
Resumes "don't necessarily jive with the person who you meet," Smith-Gordon said.
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The position, created after three county commissioners went to prison on corruption-related charges, is independent of county government but the position is classified as a county employee.
The inspector general is hired for a four-year term by a panel made up of the five-person ethics commission, the state attorney and the public defender but can only be fired under extraordinary circumstances. Although Steckler is paid
In March, the selection committee named nine finalists, but two dropped out:
Overseeing 23 full-time staff members and a
Working in the county likely also will involve more contact with residents, Steckler said.
"When you're at a state or federal government level you're not necessarily out there in the public eye as much," she said.
The committee will interview the candidates on the sixth floor of the county governmental center at
All seven candidates have experience working for federal agencies, and five of them have worked in inspector general offices, according to their applications. All seven have investigative experience. None of the finalists are local.
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