Miami-Dade County

Committee selects former prosecutor as top choice for Miami-Dade inspector general


By Patricia Mazzei

The selection committee in charge of finding a new Miami-Dade County inspector general has named its top choice for the job: Mary T. Cagle, the statewide director of children’s legal services for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

After interviewing 13 finalists for the prominent position, the committee selected Cagle on Monday as its preferred candidate. She would replace Christopher Mazzella, who retired in April as the county’s independent watchdog.

At DCF, where she has been since 2007, Cagle manages a budget of $40 million and a staff of 450 employees, according to her résumé. Prior to that position, she was the chief executive of CHARLEE Homes for Children, a foster-care agency.

She spent 22 years of her career in the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office, prosecuting public corruption cases and climbing up the ranks to chief assistant state attorney.

Cagle must now undergo a criminal background check before the selection committee signs off on its recommendation Dec. 10. County commissioners have final approval of the appointment.

The inspector general is also the watchdog for the Miami-Dade public school system.

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