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Joe Centorino Runs Commission On Ethics And Public Trust With Plans To Beef Up Commissions Enforcement Activities

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Written by on September 29, 2011

As the new head of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Joe Centorino has big plans to involve area agencies in the fight to stop county corruption.

"I’d like to build on [the ethics commission's] relationships with other agencies in the community," he said. "With police agencies, with the inspector general. There needs to be a stronger, more coordinated effort with the county’s inspector general’s office to work together on matters of mutual concern."

As the former director of the county’s Public Corruption Division within the State Attorney’s Office, Mr. Centorino has dedicated his career to the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by public officials or employees.

He is replacing Robert Meyers, who served as director of the ethics commission since it was created nearly 13 years ago. While Mr. Meyers focused his efforts on educational outreach, Mr. Centorino said that he plans to beef up the body’s enforcement arm.

"This agency is the conscience of the government and has to operate that way," he said. "There are always going to be issues. People are going to be in the government who shouldn’t be in the government…The idea that we’re going to eradicate corruption is not realistic, but without this kind of ethical enforcement things can get out of hand."

Mr. Centorino discussed how he plans to run the ethics commission at the body’s downtown offices with Miami Today staff writer Ashley Hopkins.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2011 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src=’” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1″);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();

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