Palm Beach County Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics

Michael S. Kridel - Chair Sarah L. Shullman Bryan Kummerlen Rodney G. Romano Peter L. Cruise

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Monthly Meeting - Thursday, April 5, 2018- 1:30 p.m. - Palm Beach County Robert Weisman Governmental Center - 6th floor BCC Chambers

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Michael Kridel is a Principal with Rehmann Robson and practices primarily from the Boca Raton office. He is a practice leader in the litigation services area of Rehmann Consulting and its corporate investigation group. Mr. Kridel has practiced public accounting in South Florida since graduation from The George Washington University. Prior to joining Rehmann in 2013, he was a partner with a large Palm Beach County accounting firm for nearly 17 years. Since 1974, Mr. Kridel has provided litigation services in a broad range of matters including family law, stockholder actions, financial damages, fraud detection, criminal and civil tax matters, wrongful discharge and professional  malpractice.

Mr. Kridel is a frequent speaker, garnering numerous awards, at national and local conferences for accountants and attorneys on topics such as litigation services, professional ethics, eDiscovery, practice management, information technology and human resources. He is a certified ethics instructors in Florida and is an online instructor in fraud courses for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a longtime member of the Editorial Review Panels of the Journal of Accountancy and Florida CPA Today. He is also active in several community service organizations and is a Partner in Education at numerous Broward County high schools.

For more than twenty years, Mr. Kridel has facilitated an award-winning seminar, Ethical Decision Making in the Workplace and Society, for Broward County high schools, positively influencing nearly 1,500 students annually. He is also the profession’s representative member of the Education Advisory Committee of the Florida Board of Accountancy.

Sarah Shullman is the South Florida Bureau Chief of the Florida Office of the Attorney General, where she conducts investigations and civil prosecutions of persons engaged in fraud and deceptive trade practices.  Previously, Sarah served Palm Beach County as a Civil Traffic Hearing Officer for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and practiced in business and finance litigation at Steel Hector & Davis and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.  She was recently named a "Top Government Lawyer" in Florida Trend's Legal Elite and was selected as a "Leader in the Law" by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. 

Sarah earned her law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown and her business degree with honors from the University of Florida.  Upon graduation, she published The Illusion of Devil's Advocacy: How the Justices of the Supreme Court Foreshadow Their Decisions During Oral Argument, in The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process.  Dedicated to her local community, she serves on the Board of Managers for the Boys & Girls Club of Wellington and was a founding member of the Young Professionals of Wellington.  She is also active in the legal community, serving on various committees of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Palm Beach County Bar Association, and The Florida Bar.  Sarah frequently speaks at fraud seminars, and prior to her appointment, served as a Volunteer Advocate for the Commission on Ethics.

Bryan Kummerlen was hired as an officer by the West Palm Beach Police Department in 1987. During his 30 year career, he held a variety of assignments and was appointed to Chief in 2014. Bryan was recognized as Palm Beach County Police Chief of the Year in 2016.  He retired as Chief in the spring of 2017.  Currently, he is an independent security and risk consultant and also has served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University.

Bryan was raised in Palm Beach County and attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology.  Later he received a Master of Public Administration Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Bryan also attended the Southern Police Institute Executive Leadership Program, Senior Management Institute for Policing and the Florida Atlantic University Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program.

Bryan is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Palm Beach County Chiefs of Police Association. He has served on the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Planning Council, Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission and the 15th Circuit Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Bryan Kummerlen, MPA

Rodney Romano is a Florida Licensed Attorney and Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator. He founded Matrix Mediation in 2006 to bring a next level of excellence and consistency to the mediation profession. Mr. Romano has conducted more than 22,000 hours of circuit civil mediations and has been a member of the Florida Supreme Court appointed Mediator Qualifications and Disciplinary Review Board since 2009. Rodney is a former Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney and served 4 terms as Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, Florida.

Mr. Romano earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. Prior to admission to the Florida Bar, Rodney was a Florida Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Florida Certified General Contractor.

Rodney is a licensed (non-current) private pilot and Nitrox certified scuba diver, and a lifelong resident of Palm Beach County. He is married to Lynnette and has five children and three grandchildren.
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Peter Cruise is Executive Director of the Public Ethics Academy and Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations.

Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Public Administration from FAU in 1995, Dr. Cruise taught ethics and organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate students in universities such as California State University-Chico, Golden Gate University, Louisiana State University and Mary Baldwin University. Before beginning his academic life, his professional career started in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.

In addition to many published articles, he is the co-editor of the Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach (2nd Edition, 2006). In April 2015, Dr. Cruise was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus by the faculty of the College of Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University.