John Carey became the Inspector General of Palm Beach County on June 23, 2014. His office provides independent oversight to 42 separate government entities to include the County, 39 municipalities, Children’s Services Council and Solid Waste Authority.
Mr. Carey has accumulated more than 43 years of government service, from the local to the federal level. For the past 20 years, he served in the inspector general field. Before coming to Palm Beach County, Mr. Carey was the Inspector General for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Prior to joining DIA, he helped establish the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) serving as its first Deputy IG. Before joining the ODNI he was the Deputy IG of the Marine Corps.
Mr. Carey is a retired Marine Corps colonel with occupational specialties in infantry, intelligence, and military police. He deployed to the Middle East as the Director of Intelligence for a Combined Joint Task Force and the U.S. Marine Corps Central Command during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM/Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
Mr. Carey is on the Executive Board of the Association of Inspectors General, an international organization comprised of over 1,300 members from the Inspector General, Law Enforcement and Oversight communities of the United States, U.S. territories and several foreign countries. He is a Certified Inspector General and Certified Inspector General Auditor.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree (cum laude) from the Grace College, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Kellogg School of Management.