Department of Inspector General

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The Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court Department of Inspector General was established by charter of the Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in January 2015. The mission of the Department of Inspector General is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations by providing independent and objective investigative and audit services to the citizens of Okaloosa County. 

The Department of Inspector General is led by an Inspector General appointed by the Clerk. The Department’s authority includes any operation under the direction of the Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller or the Board of County Commissioners departments under the control of the County Administrator. It also includes other functions for which the BCC provides financial support.

The Department’s goal is to preserve public trust in government. The Department strives to achieve this goal by maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. The Department of Inspector General is accredited by the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an agency has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Accredited agencies are required to be reassessed every three years. The Department of Inspector General was initially accredited in February 2017 and re-accredited in February 2020.

Inspector General Initiatives

Investigative and Audit Services
The Department of Inspector General is committed to the prevention and detection of misuse of county resources as well as ensuring an effective system of internal controls. The Department strives to provide value added investigations and audits to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations.

Guardianship
When an individual is determined to be incapacitated, a Guardianship is often created. Okaloosa County currently has over 400 Guardianship cases. The Clerk of Courts’ responsibility to audit Guardianship case filings can be found in Chapter 744, Florida Statutes.

Statewide Investigative Alliance
In 2016, the Florida legislature expanded the responsibility and authority of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Office of Professional and Public Guardians (OPPG). The newly adopted legislation requires OPPG to investigate allegations of suspected wrongdoing perpetrated by public and professional guardians. The Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts, in partnership with five other Inspector General Offices, has formed a Statewide Investigative Alliance through a memorandum of understanding with OPPG to perform these investigations. The statewide investigative alliance is unique to Florida and is currently being studied by other states as a means of combating fraud in guardianships throughout the country.

About the Inspector General  – Brad Embry, CFE, CIG, CIGI

Shortly after taking office, Clerk Peacock established the Department of Inspector General via charter in January of 2015. Clerk Peacock envisioned an accredited inspector general department staffed with highly qualified and dedicated staff.

Inspector General Brad Embry was initially hired as an Inspector General Investigator in March of 2015. In addition to his regular duties, Brad was tasked with developing appropriate investigative policies and procedures as well as serving as the department’s accreditation manager. In February of 2017, the department received initial accreditation from the Florida Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Brad was promoted to Inspector General in January of 2018. The department received its first reaccreditation in February of 2020.

Education

University of West Florida
Major: Master of Science in Administration (Degree awarded: May 2011)
Specialization: Government Acquisition and Contract Administration

Troy University
Major: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Degree awarded: June 1999)
Minor: Psychology

North West Florida State College
Major: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (Degree awarded: June 1996)
Occupational Certification: Florida Law Enforcement Officer Basic Training

Professional Certifications

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Certification No. 698036)

Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI)
Association of Inspectors General (Certification No. 665)

Certified Inspector General (CIG)
Association of Inspectors General (Certification No. 688)

Report Fraud, Waste & Abuse

The Okaloosa County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller is committed to detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse of public resources. Our goal is to provide meaningful, independent and objective investigations and audits to the citizens of Okaloosa County.

Fraud is defined by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as any intentional or deliberate act to deprive another of property or money by guile, deception or other unfair means.

Waste refers to the unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use or squandering of government resources to the detriment or potential detriment of the County or Clerk. 

Abuse refers to intentional, wrongful or improper use or destruction of government resources, or seriously improper practice that does not involve prosecutable fraud.

To assist in these efforts, we have established several methods for individuals or employees to report potential fraud, waste or abuse. All complaints received by the Office of Inspector General will be evaluated in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Our office is accredited by the Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) and is staffed with highly qualified investigators and auditors. Our office will conduct investigations in accordance with the professional standards established by the Association of Inspectors General and the CFA.

Please help us to detect and deter instances of fraud, waste and abuse.

We encourage you to report your suspicions via one of the four methods provided below.

Whistle-Blowers Act:

In accordance with Florida Statute, employees who report suspected wrongdoing or fraudulent activities are protected from retaliation by management or other employees. Persons reporting wrongdoing or fraudulent activities should provide sufficient details to facilitate an investigation.

Four Ways to Report:

  1. CALL: Call the fraud hotline: (850) 683-TIPS (8477). Please provide specific information, such as names, dates, locations, and other pertinent information.  Follow the instructions on the recorded message and leave a detailed message. Remember we do not trace the tip line.
  2. MAIL: Mail information to:

Brad Embry, CFE, CIG, CIGI
Inspector General
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
101 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

  1. FAX: Fax the information to our secure fax line (850) 689-5589
  2. ONLINE: Report the information using the below link.  Reporting is anonymous and is collected by an outside, third party.

Submit Anonymous Fraud, Waste, & Abuse Here

Inspector General – Reports

Following the conclusion of each audit, a written report will be prepared by the Division of Inspector General and issued through the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court to each county commissioner, the County Manager, and the head of the audited organization. These reports will contain, as applicable, the responses of the auditee to each audit recommendation. Responses will be included in the report as written and the Division of Inspector General reserves the right, if necessary, to comment on any response. If responses are not received within the prescribed time period and no alternative arrangements are made, the report will be issued without responses.

According to Section 119.0713 (2), Florida Statutes, “The audit report of an internal auditor prepared for or on behalf of a unit of local government becomes a public record when the audit becomes final. An audit becomes final when the audit report is presented to the unit of local government.”

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Department Contact:
Brad Embry, CFE, CIG, CIGI
Inspector General
Clerk of Courts and Comptroller
101 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
Phone: (850) 689-5000 ext. 3424
Email: bembry@okaloosaclerk.com

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