For a month, Public Defender Fourth Judicial Circuit Matt Shirk's name has been in the local press almost as many times as Miley Cyrus' (coincidentally, both earned their headlines for making asses of themselves). An investigation conducted by The Florida Times-Union uncovered allegations of questionable hiring and firing practices, inappropriate email exchanges with female employees and the consumption of alcohol in his office, not to mention “Showergate" and "Badge-gate," all of which are currently under investigation by a special prosecutor appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.
But personal and career implications aside, Shirk may have financial woes to contend with were he to lose (or resign from) his position. According to a jacksonville.com database using information provided to the Florida Commission on Ethics, Shirk’s net worth is the fourth lowest of the 184 public officials, including judges, city council members, sheriffs and school board members from Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
Here are some of the more interesting financial tidbits I found while spending way too much time searching for familiar names...
Public officials with the lowest net worth
Jesse Davis, Baker County School Board: ($700,000)
Terry Wright, Putnam County School Board: ($63,768)
*Charles Van Zant, Clay County School Board: ($11,480)
Matt Shirk, Public Defender Fourth Circuit: $13,676
*Mark Miner, St. Johns County Commissioner: $14,381
Public officials with the highest net worth
*W.C. Gentry, Duval County School Board: $32,194,174
Lori Boyer, Jacksonville City Council, $8,837,916
Fred Lee, Duval County School Board: $7,435,254
John Thrasher, Florida Senate: $6,820,548
John "Jay" Morris St. Johns County Commissioner $4,739,754
48 officials of the 184 in the database are worth more than $1 … More