Great minds think alike, so the saying goes.
This year the ethics advisory group for the Miami-Dade School District lost members and the district’s chief auditor, Jose Montes de Oca, resigned as a liaison.
Worried, School Board member Marta Pérez approached Joe Centorino, executive director of the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust, in February to help fill the void.
The board’s chairwoman, Perla Tabares Hantman, had a similar idea. She later met with Centorino and brought a proposal to the board last week: that the district explore having the commission provide ethics oversight. The board OK’d it.
But the two women surprised each other with their separate approaches — and put Centorino in a slightly awkward position. Florida’s Sunshine Law prohibits elected officials from discussing government business outside public meetings, including any discussion through a third party.
“I didn’t want to have to investigate myself,” Centorino joked Wednesday. He didn’t tell the board members that their colleague had approached him about the same idea.
Said Hantman: “In my opinion it proves that the Sunshine Law is very well observed by the board. He didn’t say a word to me and he didn’t say a word to Dr. Perez.”