In the run-up to his new position, Joseph Abruzzo has been shadowing personnel at the Palm Beach front County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office. The previous state legislator, a powerfully linked politician with scant experience as an govt, is looking at how issues are done at the 700-man or woman company he’ll operate setting up Jan. 4. 

As Abruzzo learns the ropes, here’s one observe we hope he does not continue: spending bonuses to staff who depart the agency even though vowing to shut up about anything at all they could possibly dislike about the office environment and its leaders. 

As the Post’s Andrew Marra documented recently, the outgoing clerk, Sharon R. Bock, gave payouts to 14 departing personnel this year who agreed under no circumstances to sue or “disparage the Clerk.”

The follow would seem to be to violate point out law. According to Florida Statute 215.425 (4)(b), if a point out employee receives severance pay to settle an unemployment dispute, “the settlement may well not involve provisions that restrict the skill of any celebration to the settlement to go over the dispute or settlement.”