(New Orleans)—The Ethics Review Board of the City of New Orleans has selected Robert A. Cerasoli, the nationally recognized father of the Association of Inspectors General (AIG), as New Orleans’ first Inspector General. The Reverend Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D, president of Loyola University New Orleans, is the chair of the Ethics Review Board.
Cerasoli was introduced to the New Orleans community at two events hosted by the Ethics Review Board at Loyola on Thursday, June 21, 2007. City officials, university presidents, and the press were given the opportunity to meet the newly named Inspector General at a morning press conference and breakfast in Nunemaker Auditorium. In the evening, Fr. Wildes hosted a reception in honor of Cerasoli, in the Executive Suite of Loyola’s Marquette Hall.
As New Orleans’ first Inspector General, Cerasoli, 59, will be shaping the position from the ground up. His duties will include investigating fraud, waste, and corruption in city government and among those receiving money from the city, proposing ways to make the government more efficient, and educating city officials about their ethical responsibilities.
Cerasoli possesses a decade of teaching experience in ethics, auditing, oversight, financial management, and anti-corruption practices. He served as the Inspector General for the State of Massachusetts for two five-year terms, the maximum allowed by law, from 1991 to 2001. The Massachusetts Inspector General was the first statewide Inspector General position created in the U.S. and the first Inspector General position created outside of the federal system.
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