Jeri Muoio investigation: Inspector General Sheryl Steckler investigating West Palm Beach mayor

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler has been conducting an investigation surrounding West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio.

Muoio said at a 10 a.m. weekly media session that she was called by Steckler's office a week ago about a complaint the inspector general received.

The complaint does not involve misuse of money, legal action or city business, according to Muoio.

Muoio said she can't talk about the specifics of the investigation until Steckler releases it.

Muoio said the investigation came as a total shock to her and she was surprised and angry about the complaint.

"I want you to know up front that I disagree with the assumptions made in the complaint and we have written a response to the complaint that will be public when the report goes public." Muoio said. She added, "I think it is such a small issue they have latched onto and when you look at all the big things that are happening it is diminimous."

The inspector general won't release any more information until the report is finalized. According to the mayor's office, the response was submitted Wednesday afternoon.

"We do not have the power to fire people. That is up to the government. We are fact finders. We determine what happened and we recommend how to cure it,"  Inspector General Sheryl Steckler said.

Steckler confirmed she received the mayor's response to the complaint. It could be released as early as Thursday.

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