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New Orleans ERB announces progress with city’s IG office

June 27, 2008

The New Orleans Ethics Review Board, chaired by Loyola University New Orleans President, the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., held a press conference at Loyola where it presented its annual report to the public. The report highlighted the hiring of Robert Cerasoli as the city’s first inspector general and outlined plans for moving the IG’s office forward.

Cerasoli was at the event to discuss his office’s progress. So far, Cerasoli has hired nine new employees out of a total staff of 20. Cerasoli also announced that his first total investigation is looking into the usage of public vehicles and gas by city employees.

Some of the immediate plans Cerasoli has for making his office more efficient include setting up a hotline for tips and complaints. Currently, he receives more than 300 e-mails daily from the public. He also wants to begin an ethics training program for city employees and elected officials in the upcoming year.

“The key thing is about prevention,” said Wildes. “It’s about putting in controls and systems in place to prevent mistakes.”

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