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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Reaccreditation Inspection for Polk County Clerk’s Department of Inspector General

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The Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s Department of Inspector General is scheduled for the final inspection in its second re-accreditation by the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

On Friday, November 13, CFA  assessors will examine the department’s procedures for conducting and documenting investigations, maintaining security and confidentiality of records, and reporting results, Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller Stacy Butterfield announced today.

The Clerk’s Department of Inspector General (IG) must comply with 46 standards in order to receive reaccreditation.

“This has been an unusually challenging year, yet we did not waver in our commitment to pursue our third accreditation,” said Clerk Stacy Butterfield. “I remain committed to my goal of increasing transparency and accountability. The Department of Inspector General works each day to prevent, detect and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse of county government resources and guardianship assets. By proactively participating in this program and pursuing this accreditation, we hold ourselves to the highest standard possible and provide our community with confidence in the integrity of its county government.”

As part of the inspection, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Commission’s website, and the public is encouraged to submit comments.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or by email. The on-site assessment is performed by a team of experienced investigators from other similar agencies.

Once the assessment is completed, the team reports back to the full Commission, which will decide if the agency is eligible for reaccreditation. Accreditation is valid for three years.

Of the 67 county clerks in Florida, the Polk County Clerk Inspector General was the third to become accredited. A total of five Clerk Inspector General offices across the State of Florida are currently accredited.

Inspector General Lita McHugh oversees the department and monitors the accreditation process from start to finish.

“While this is our third time undergoing this process, it does not get easier,” said Inspector General McHugh. “Each (re)accreditation is just as stringent as the other, yet we remain committed to subjecting ourselves to the strenuous inspection. It is a top priority to provide our community with superior service, and this accreditation is a highly prized recognition of professional excellence.”

About the Department of Inspector General

The Polk County Clerk’s Department of Inspector General works to increase transparency and accountability in county government by conducting independent audits of county government and court-appointed guardianship cases. The Inspector General also investigates cases of fraud, waste and abuse of county government resources and guardianship assets reported through its Fraud Hotline.

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