Broward Gets Appointments To Ethics Panel


Broward now is the home of  four of the nine members on the state Commission on Ethics.

That’s fitting since the St. Peterburg Times today said Broward is viewed by “many…as Florida’s most ethically-challenged county.

The ethics commission has long been criticized for failing to police government in the state.

Can the beefed-up contingent from Broward put some backbone in the panel? 

I have my doubts, but it is worth a try. At least Broward residents have a unfortunate familiarity with unethical conduct by politicians.

Here is what happened today:

Gov. Charlie Crist reappointed Roy Rogers of Lighthouse Point, 72, to the commission.

Rogers is a long-time education and environmental activist.  He worked for the original developer of Weston and was instrumental in building schools there and keeping the city green.

Crist also replaced Larry Handfield of Miami with Susan Maurer, 53, a name partner in the law firm of Panza, Maurer & Maynard.  

Her partner is Tom Panza,  a long-time Broward-based lobbyist and Democratic fund raiser.  She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1980 and specializes in administrative law.

Albert Massey of Fort Lauderdale and Michael Joblove of Cooper City are already on the panel.

Massey is an attorney representing  both insured and self-insured employers, insurance carriers, servicing agents, and third party administrators. He is also a civic activist in Fort Lauderdale.

Joblove is a name partner and commercial litigator with Genovese Joblove & Battista law firm.

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