Blue and silver  Office of Inspector General Logo with horse with rider and City of Jacksonville skylilne, Enhancing Public Trust in GovernmentThe 7-member Inspector General Selection and Retention Committee will meet at publicly noticed meetings to begin the processes for hiring an Inspector General. The role of the committee is set out in Sec. 602.305 of the City Ordinance Code.

Sec 602.305. Selection, Term, Contract, Removal and Vacancy.

(a) Selection.  The responsibility for selecting the inspector general shall be vested with the Inspector General Selection and Retention Committee, hereinafter, the "Committee".

The Committee shall be composed of seven members selected as follows: (1) The President of the Jacksonville City Council or his or her designee (2) The State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee; (3) The Chair of the Jacksonville Ethics Commission or his or her designee; (4) The Chair of the Jacksonville TRUE Commission or his or her designee; (5) The Public Defender of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee; (6) The Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit or his or her designee and (7) The Mayor of the City of Jacksonville or his or her designee. The members of the Committee shall elect a chairperson who shall serve until the Inspector General is confirmed by the City Council. The Committee shall select the Inspector General with no less than 4 members approving the appointment from a list of qualified candidates submitted by the Jacksonville Employee Services Department. The Committee's selection is subject to confirmation by City Council.

(b) Term. The Inspector General shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years.  The Committee shall convene at least six (6) months prior to the end of the four-year contract term to determine whether to renew the contract of the Inspector General or to solicit new candidates.

(c) Contract. The Chair of the Committee, in coordination with the Office of General Counsel, shall negotiate a contract of employment with the Inspector General. The Inspector General shall be an appointed employee exempt from civil service and shall be entitled to all rights and benefits normally accorded to appointed employees.

(d) Removal. The Inspector General may be removed based on specified charges initiated by the Committee for the following:  neglect of duty, abuse of power or authority, discrimination, or ethical misconduct.  The Inspector General shall be provided sufficient advance notice of the reasons for the possible removal, and shall be given an opportunity to be heard on the charges. A decision of the Committee to remove the Inspector General must be approved by a minimum of four members of the Committee and be confirmed by the City Council.

(e) Vacancy. In the event of a vacancy in the position of Inspector General, the Committee shall appoint an interim Inspector General until such time as a successor Inspector General is selected and assumes office. The Interim Inspector General shall meet all qualifications provided herein for the Inspector General.

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Committee Members

Chair of Ethics Commission

Joseph W. Rogan is a native Floridian and a lawyer with Smith Hulsey & Busey, a full-service law firm with its office in downtown Jacksonville. His law practice focuses on complex business litigation, including representation of individuals and businesses in a variety of adversarial contexts.

Before practicing law, Mr. Rogan served eight years in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve. He spent ten months of his active duty service as an advisor to the Iraqi Police, where he focused on teaching investigations and operations. His squad served as the liaison for the Camp Fiji Specialized Training Division in Baghdad, Iraq.

After his active service, Mr. Rogan received two bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude with University Honors, from the University of Central Florida and his law degree, with a Dean’s Certificate, from the Georgetown University Law Center. He worked as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge before making Jacksonville home in 2014.

Chair of TRUE Commission

Daniel Henry is the son of immigrants from Haiti, Mr. Henry is a native Floridian, first-generation American,and political leader in Jacksonville. Growing up,  Henry's parents instilled in him the value of hard work, service, and integrity.

Professionally, Henry is a Corporate Paralegal with Acosta, a powerhouse sales and marketing firm behind the most recognized brands all across the U.S. and Canada. His focuses include corporate governance, employee stock option plan administration, employment litigation, legal analysis, project management, and providing legal support to top-level c-suite executives. Prior to joining Acosta, Henry spent 8-years at CSX Transportation, a Class 1 railroad and a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America. There he held the roles of Corporate Specialist, Discovery Coordinator, and Business Analyst.

Taking on the mantle of service, Henry was appointed to the Taxation, Revenue, & Utilization of Expenditures (“TRUE”) Commission in August 2017 by Council President Anna Broche. In July 2019, Henry was unanimously elected Chair of the TRUE Commission, with a mandate to advise on the city’s long-range financial soundness and keep the public better informed on issues related to city financing and budgeting. Prior to his service on the commission, Henry was appointed to the Duval County Election Advisory Panel (“EAP”) by Council President Greg Anderson in March 2016. Henry served as Chair of EAP from 2018-2019.

In January 2019, Henry was unanimously elected Chair of the Duval County Democratic Party, the 6th largest county party in the state. Upon his election, he broke multiple glass ceilings: becoming the youngest party chair in the state, the youngest chair in the local party’s history, and the first African-American male to be elected to the position. In his role as Chair, he is responsible for leading a 200+ membership in activating, organizing and empowering individuals and organizations focused on Democratic issues and causes. In addition to improving the public's understanding of the party’s platform, Henry acts as the voice of the 250,000+ registered Democrats in Duval County. Prior to being elected Party Chair, Henry was the immediate past First Vice Chair and Secretary before that. Not one to shy away from political involvement, Henry has also served in multiple roles with the Jacksonville Young Democrats, including President, Vice President, and Communications Director. 

Chief Judge

Judge Mark Mahon is a native of Jacksonville and a third generation attorney.  He graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a degree in business and from FSU law school in 1981.   Mahon worked as an Assistant State Attorney from 1981 – 1984 when he joined the private practice of law with his father Lacy Mahon Jr.  He subsequently practiced law with his father and they were joined in private practice by Russell Healey in approximately 1987.   While in private practice, Mahon was named to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and served as chair for two years and was elected to the Florida  House of Representatives in 2000.  In 2007, Mahon left the private practice of law and the legislature after being appointed Circuit Court Judge by Governor Charlie Crist.   Recently, Judge Mahon was elected to serve as Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit beginning in January 2015.   Mahon is the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Mary, for 18 years. 

City Council President

Tommy Hazouri served for 12 years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1974-1986, as Mayor of the City of Jacksonville from 1987-1991, and as a Duval County School Board member from 2004-2012. While in the Florida Legislature, he was Chairman of the Duval Legislative Delegation, House Committee on Education, K-12, and House Committee on Retirement, Personnel, and Collective Bargaining. He also was a member of the House Committee on Appropriations’, Subcommittee on Education Funding; and, Subcommittee on Personnel. Mr. Hazouri was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Florida Ethics Commission, and Chaired the Sheriff’s Mental Health and Crisis Episodes Task Force. As Mayor, he led the effort to eliminate the tolls from Jacksonville’s roads and bridges. He also implemented an anti-odor ordinance to relieve the city of its foul odor. Now, Tommy Hazouri is honored for the opportunity to serve Jacksonville again, as an At-Large City Councilman.

Tommy Hazouri earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Government from Jacksonville University, where he was elected Student Body President by his peers. He is the retired President of Hazouri & Associates, a private consulting firm. Mr. Hazouri is an honorary member of the San Jose Rotary Club. He and his wife, Carol, former public school elementary teacher of 43 years, live in Mandarin. They are members of Mandarin Presbyterian Church. Their son, Tommy, Jr., is an elementary school teacher and coach.

 

Mayor of Jacksonville

Mayor Lenny Curry is the 44th Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida and was sworn in on July 1, 2015. Prior to being elected, Lenny Curry had always been involved in a number of local and state civic organizations. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a South Jacksonville Rotarian. He has served as a Jacksonville Symphony Association Board member, a Southside United Methodist Church Finance Committee member, and as a “Bigs in Schools” big brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He was a Jacksonville Housing Commission Board member, a Commissioner of the Florida State Boxing Commission, and a Junior Achievement Board member. He has also served as the Viceā€Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and as a State Committeeman for the Duval County Republican Party.

Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit

Charlie Cofer was born in Radford, Virginia.  His father was a Methodist minister, and his mother was a high school teacher.  He graduated from Duke University in 1974, and from law school at the University of Virginia in 1977.
  
Cofer served as an Assistant Public Defender for over 18 years, including 10 years as a member of the Homicide Team.  He handled more than 63 contested jury trials, and 26 homicide trials.  Cofer was appointed as a judge in 1998.  He was re-elected to that position three times. During his 17 years as a judge, he handled over 78,000 criminal cases and over 27,000 civil cases. Cofer resigned his position as a Duval County Judge on November 30, 2015, in order to run for Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial. He won the general election and took office on January 3, 2017.

Charlie Cofer served as President of the Dad’s Club at Hendricks Avenue Elementary School; Chair of the Southside United Methodist Church Kindergarten; Chairman of the Pastoral Counseling Center in San Marco; President of the River City Swim League; and President of the Board of Governors of San Jose County Club.

State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit

Melissa Nelson took office as State Attorney for Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit on Jan. 3, 2017. She leads a group of more than 100 attorneys and 200 staff who represent the people of Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties primarily in criminal matters.  Nelson previously spent 12 years in the office as an assistant state attorney from 1997-2009. During that time, she served as a felony division chief and handled a wide range of criminal prosecutions including capital homicides, white collar matters, sex crimes, and crimes against children. 
 
Following her time in the public sector, she spent seven years with the international law firm, McGuireWoods. There, Nelson represented colleges and universities in higher education matters as well as businesses and individuals in business litigation. Armed with those past experiences, Nelson successfully pursued the lead prosecutor’s role in mid-2016 on a “tough but fair” platform that sought to restore trust in the office of the State Attorney.
 
Nelson earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She and her husband, Jason, live in Jacksonville where they raise their three children.