The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board will be the subject of a criminal investigation following controversy about its executive director. A series of newspaper reports revealed issues with transparency and the Board's handling of complaints and discipline matters. The former executive director resigned after the allegations, and a divided Board refused to hire an interim director from outside the agency. The licensing board has operated without government oversight since its creation in 1973. The Pinellas County Commission had requested the authority to oversee the Board, but their request did not meet deadlines for this upcoming legislative session.