Florida statutes protect individuals who report illegal activity or gross mismanagement within a public agency. The act is intended to encourage public employees to report these activities and to protect them when they do.
The City of Naples follows the Florida Statute section 112.3187 known as the Whistleblower Act. The Act is complex and has a number of requirements, and individuals considering whistleblowing should consult an attorney.
One aspect of the Whistleblower Act is the designation of an “Appropriate Local Official” for Whistleblower information disclosure purposes as defined in F.S. § 112.3187. Pursuant to Section 2-978 (b) of the Naples Ethics Code, the Commission on Ethics and Governmental Integrity is deemed an Appropriate Local Official for any City employee or other Person seeking the protections afforded by F.S. § 112.3187 who has otherwise complied with all the requirements of this Statute.
Procedure to disclose whistleblower information to the Naples Ethics Commission:
- A Whistleblower disclosure must be made in a written and signed statement delivered to the Ethics Commission. The disclosure need not be in the form of an ethics complaint.
- The Executive Director may refer the matter to any appropriate agency for investigation. The Ethics Commission may, but need not, conduct a separate investigation.
- Records of whistleblower disclosures under 2-978 of the Ethics Code, shall remain confidential to the extent authorized by F.S. §112.3188 (2).