Inspector General Witzburg to Nominate Tobara Richardson To Serve as Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety

Deborah Witzburg, Inspector General for the City of Chicago, will nominate Tobara Richardson for the position of Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety.

Richardson currently serves as Counsel to the Illinois Attorney General on Social Justice and Equity. She has more than a decade of experience as a criminal prosecutor, having worked both as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. Across her experiences, Richardson has led project teams addressing policy matters, worked closely with law enforcement agencies, and engaged directly with stakeholders in Chicago’s communities.

Richardson earned her JD and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s west side.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) launched its national search for the next Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety on May 31, 2022; OIG received applications from 39 candidates in nine states, representing a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

“Tobara brings a passion for justice, deep experience with law enforcement and with community groups, and tremendous knowledge about the most pressing issues in policing and police accountability in Chicago,” said Witzburg. “OIG’s Public Safety section is doing important and impactful work, and I am so pleased that Tobara will join us to lead it.”

Pursuant to the Municipal Code of Chicago, Richardson’s nomination will go to the City Council for approval.

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