John Carey became Inspector General of Palm Beach County, Florida on June 23, 2014. His office oversees 42 separate government entities to include the County government and all municipalities within the county.
John is a retired U.S. Marine colonel and retired federal government senior executive. He has more than 46 years of government service in the areas of intelligence, operations, law enforcement, and Inspector General oversight. He deployed to the Middle East as the Director of Intelligence for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM/Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
For the last 22 years, John has served in the Inspector General field. He was the Deputy Inspector General of the Marine Corps; the Deputy Inspector General for Director of National Intelligence; and finally, the Inspector General for the Defense Intelligence Agency before coming to Palm Beach County. John is on the national Board of the Association of Inspectors General and the Chair of its Professional Certification Board. He is a Certified Inspector General, Certified Inspector General Auditor, and Certified Inspector General Inspector/Evaluator.
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.