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

 Niki Brunson is Chair  of the Jacksonville Taxation, Revenue and Utilization of Expenditures (TRUE) Commission. She is a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, and serves on the TRUE Commission to represent the Urban Core.

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

Scott has lived in Jacksonville for over 40 years after his family relocated to the city to open a small business. Growing up in Jacksonville, Scott worked his way through the public school system, while playing sports and participating in after school programs.

Scott has spent his life and career dedicated to public service, spending much of his career with the Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts. Scott tested through the ranks, attaining the position of Court Operations Supervisor, the highest civil service rank in the Office. While Scott was Operational Manager, the Center for Prevention against Domestic Violence received the Governor’s Peace at Home Award presented by the Honorable Governor Jeb Bush. While working, Scott attended Florida State College at Jacksonville. In 2007, Scott left the Clerk’s Office to take a position as Executive Council Assistant (ECA) for District 4. As an ECA, he worked on significant issues affecting the District and City. After serving 8 years as an ECA, Scott knew the community needed a leader that understood the important issues concerning the District and constituents.

On July 1st, 2015, Scott assumed the role of Council Member and was appointed to serve as chairman for the Land Use and Zoning Committee (LUZ). In his second year on Council, Scott was appointed to serve as Chair of the Neighborhood, Community, Investment and Services Committee (NCIS). Scott was awarded the Mary Singleton Award for the Most Outstanding Committee Chair two years in a row by former Council Presidents Greg Anderson and Lori Boyer.

Scott currently serves as Vice President of the Jacksonville City Council. He serves on the Neighborhood, Community, Services and Public, Health and Safety Committee and the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committees. Scott also serves as Chairman of the Value Adjustment Board.

Scott focused on redevelopment in the district, infrastructure improvements in the District- including new sidewalks and repairs and road repaving- better transportation and road systems, bringing new businesses and jobs to District 4 and Jacksonville, keeping our parks clean, open and safe. We are in the design phase for our first Senior Center on the Southside of town.

Outside of City Hall, Scott has focused on our youth. Scott served as a mentor to high school students at Take Stock in Children for 9 years. He currently serves as a mentor at the Florida Youth Challenge Academy. Scott also serves as Vice-President of Walk-Off Charities, which provides instructional free baseball clinics to elementary school students in the form of student field trips. We also provide equipment and enrollment grants for those who can’t afford to play in a league.

Scott continues to push for equal opportunities for the citizens and businesses of District 4 and the City of Jacksonville.


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.