Longtime U.S. ATF Leader Joins OIG as Deputy Inspector General for Investigations

The City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) welcomes George H. Lauder as the new Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, effective December 1, 2022. Lauder brings over 25 years of professional experience in law enforcement, most recently as Assistant Director in the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

“I’m delighted that George is joining OIG, and that he will bring tremendous experience and expertise to the critical work of investigating misconduct in City government. Chicagoans are entitled to see bad actors in their government held accountable. With George’s leadership, we will conduct the rigorous, sophisticated investigative work necessary to do that,” said Deborah Witzburg, Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

During his 21-year tenure at the ATF, Lauder led cyber and international investigative programs, developed policies and processes to support law enforcement and compliance missions, and directed daily operations for more than 4,000 personnel nationwide. Notably, he spent two years in ATF’s Chicago office, leading a top-performing team of criminal investigators and support personnel.

OIG’s Investigations section conducts both criminal and administrative investigations into allegations of corruption, misconduct, waste, or substandard performance by City officials, employees, contractors, vendors, and licensees, among others. It conducts these investigations in response to complaints from City employees and members of the public, and on the initiative of the Inspector General. 


The independent and non-partisan City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) aims to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity by identifying corruption, waste, and mismanagement in City government. OIG is a watchdog for the taxpayers of the City and has jurisdiction to conduct investigations and audits into most aspects of City government. If you see corruption, fraud, or waste of any kind, we need to hear from you.

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