STATE OF FLORIDA
Office of the Governor
THE CAPITOL TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-0001
RICK SCOTT GOVERNOR
850-488-7146 850-487-0801 fax
September 19, 2017
Ms. Karin Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org
RE: Chief Inspector General Correspondence # 2017-09-18-0009
Dear Ms. Griffin:
On September 18, 2017 the Office of the Chief Inspector General received your complaint from the Executive Office of the Governor, Office of Citizens’ Services, in which you expressed concerns about the conduct of local government officials in the town of White Springs, FL.
Please be advised that this office does not have jurisdiction over elected officials, such as the Mayor or the Chief of Police of White Springs. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate state attorney or the Florida Commission on Ethics regarding your concerns. Those who believe locally elected officials have violated criminal laws should contact the state attorney. You can obtain the name of the state attorney in your circuit by calling directory assistance. Those who believe elected officials have used their office for private gain should contact the Florida Commission on Ethics by calling (850) 488-7864, or by writing to the following address:
Florida Commission on Ethics
Post Office Drawer 15709 Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709
Regarding allegations of public records violations, you may wish to contact the Office of the Attorney General. The Office of the Attorney General offers a Mediation Program which assists in resolving public access disputes. You may contact the Mediation Program by calling (850) 245-0140, or by writing to the following address:
Office of Attorney General
State of Florida Mediation Program
The Capitol PL-01 Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Additionally, pursuant to $ 286.011(3)(a), Florida Statutes (2016), State Attorneys may investigate the matter for consideration of a possible violation of Chapter 119; therefore, you may wish to contact the appropriate State Attorney’s Office by phone or email. You may also
speak to an attorney who can advise you of any civil remedies that may be available to you. The Florida Bar offers a Lawyer Referral Service which you may contact by calling toll-free
Ms. Griffin CIG #2017-09-18-0009 September 19, 2017
at (800) 342-8011. Florida Legal Services, Inc. provides pro-bono legal services to those who qualify. You may contact Florida Legal Services, Inc. by calling (850) 385-7900, or by writing to the following address:
Florida Legal Services, Inc.
2425 Torreya Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32303
Please also be advised that this office does not have jurisdiction over the conduct of attorneys. You may wish to report your concerns about attorney misconduct to The Florida Bar by calling (850) 561-5600, or by writing to the following address:
The Florida Bar 651 E. Jefferson St. Tallahassee, FL 32399
Furthermore, please be advised that this office does not have jurisdiction over criminal acts. You may wish to report concerns about criminal activity to the White Springs Police Department by calling (386) 397-2222 in non-emergency situations, or by calling the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Office of Executive Investigations by calling (850) 410-8240.
Lastly, please be advised that this office does not have jurisdiction over federal government entities, such as FEMA. The issues you reported fall within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You may wish to contact that office by calling (800) 323-8603, or by writing to the following address:
- S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General
Mail Stop 0305 245 Murray Lane S.W. Washington, D.C. 20528
Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
Heather Robinson Operations Manager Office of the Chief Inspector General
THIS IS A HINT. IT IS NOT ONE OF THESE PEOPLE GIVEN UP BY THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE.
BUT THEY PROMISED ME ACTION ON THE LOFT (LOCAL OPTION FUEL TAX) LIE THAT THE TOWN IS PEDDLING. THE KIND MEMBER OF THE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAID “THEY DID WHAT?” WHEN I TOLD THEM ABOUT WHITE SPRINGS USE OF LOFT FUNDS FOR SALARIES OF OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS AND STAFF. LOOK FOR ACTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SOONEST.
THEY WERE ALSO INTERESTED IN THE FACT THAT OUR CPA ADVISED US ON THE FRAUDULENT USE OF LOFT TAX FUNDS WITH HIS STATEMENT THAT IT IS A PRETTY BIG UMBRELLA. OUR SOURCE CHUCKLED AT THAT BIT OF NEWS.