Christopher Mazzella, Miami-Dade’s first inspector general, plans to retire at the end of the month after 14 years on the job as the county’s independent watchdog.
Mazzella announced his retirement last week in a letter to Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa. His resignation is effective April 26. His four-year term was set to expire in December.
“I feel the time has come,” Mazzella said Tuesday. “I leave with no regrets. I’m very happy with what we’ve achieved and accomplished. It’s always good to have new blood and a new approach.”
Mazzella was hired in 1998, two years after county voters approved the creation of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust. The inspector general’s office has since become independent of the ethics commission.
He came in with 34 years of experience in the FBI, where he investigated organized crime and corruption cases — including, notably, Operation Gangplank, which brought down Philadelphia mobsters. Mazzella earned a law degree during his FBI tenure, eventually moving to Miami in 1981 to focus on public corruption.