The Florida Constitution and the Building Official

Ethics in Government

--A public office is a public trust. The people shall have the right to secure and sustain that trust against abuse.

To assure this right:

(a) All elected constitutional officers and candidates for such offices and, as may be determined by law, other public officers, candidates, and employees shall file full and public disclosure of their financial interests.

Florida Statute defines a chief county or municipal building code inspector as a "local officer".

FS 112.3145 - Disclosure of financial interests and clients represented before agencies.--

(1) For purposes of this section, unless the context otherwise requires, the term: (a) "Local officer" means:

3. Any person holding one or more of the following positions: mayor; county or city manager; chief administrative employee of a county, municipality, or other political subdivision; county or municipal attorney; CHIEF COUNTY or MUNICIPAL BUILDING CODE INSPECTOR; county or municipal water resources coordinator; county or municipal pollution control director; county or municipal environmental control director; county or municipal administrator, with power to grant or deny a land development permit; chief of police; fire chief; municipal clerk; district school superintendent; community college president; district medical examiner; or purchasing agent having the authority to make any purchase exceeding the threshold amount provided for in s. 287.017 for CATEGORY ONE, on behalf of any political subdivision of the state or any entity thereof.

Provisional License by Building Official - PLBO Program

Empowering the Local Building Department

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Florida Statutes and the Public Employee

The Public Employee Oath

FS 876.05 requires all public employee to take an oath to support the Constitution of the State of Florida.

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Florida Statutes

Expressio unius est exclusio alterius

which means that the express inclusion of items in a statute means that those not listed are excluded.

See Thayer v. State, 335 So. 2d 815, 817 (Fla. 1976)

"It is, of course, a general principle of statutory construction that the mention of one thing implies the exclusion of another; expressio unius est exclusio alterius."

See also McFadden v. State, 737 So. 2d 1073 (Fla. 1999).

The Attorney General's office has issued passed opinions stating it is a fundamental principle of statutory construction that a legislative direction as to how a thing shall be done is, in effect, a prohibition against its being done in any other way.

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