|By Tia Mitchell, The Miami Herald|
Creating the job will require a change in state law, and Scott says he will make it a priority for the upcoming legislative session.
The governor noted that his own chief inspector general is investigating Citizens.
"What I'm worried about is misbehavior, mismanagement," Scott said. "They dismissed their
Citizens officials said they were open to the governor's ideas but hadn't been briefed on any proposals.
"Although we cannot comment on legislative proposals we have not seen, we certainly welcome any discussion of ideas for strengthening our current oversight procedures," said
Lawmakers and watchdog groups applauded Scott's announcement, saying they think the independent auditing and investigative services that an inspector general would provide would benefit Citizens and policyholders.
"I think anything that he would suggest along those lines to kind of get that place under control would be very well received by me," said Sen.
Many state agencies already have inspectors general.
They include the
The governor also has an inspector general, who is busy right now investigating Citizens.
In September, Scott asked his inspector general to look into Citizens finances after reports of lavish spending by executives.
Then, last month he called for an investigation into the dismissal of four internal investigators who discovered misconduct at the agency.
"While the [Citizens] inspector general idea is a good one that should be considered by policy makers, let's also take a look at the inspector general's report in its entirety before deciding on exactly what problems need to be fixed and what solutions would be best," Krassner said.
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