Joseph M. FergusonInspector General
Brian DunnGeneral Counsel
Carla KupeDirector (DEIC)
Natalie A. KuriataDirector (Communications and Outreach)
William MarbackDeputy Inspector General (Investigations)
Chris NorborgAssociate General Counsel (Legal)
Cynthia ParkDeputy Inspector General (Operations)
Lise ValentineDeputy Inspector General (APR)
Deborah WitzburgDeputy Inspector General (Public Safety)
Joseph M. Ferguson
Joseph M. Ferguson, Inspector General
Joseph Ferguson is currently in his third term as Chicago’s Inspector General. Prior to becoming Inspector General, Ferguson spent 15 years with the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Northern District of Illinois. Ferguson was a Chief of the USAO’s Money Laundering and Forfeiture Section and a Deputy in the Complex Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, where he directed cases related to terrorism financing, government program, health care and bank fraud cases. He represented the federal government at the trial court level before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and in appeals before the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His work included: public corruption, health care fraud, labor racketeering, and terrorism, as well as gun, narcotics, and drug-related violent crime cases. His earlier work as a Civil Division attorney included affirmative civil fraud litigation under the False Claims Act, employment discrimination (Title VII), civil rights, and environmental law. He has also served as counsel on environmental enforcement and death penalty matters brought before the United States Supreme Court.
During Ferguson’s tenure, the Office of Inspector General has grown into one of the nation’s leading municipal oversight agencies through the evolution of its Audit & Program Review Section (APR), and the creation of its Center for Information Technology & Analytics (CITA) and Public Safety Section, while continuing the impactful administrative and criminal Investigations section work. Ferguson was co-chair of the Chicago Procurement Reform Task Force (PRTF) that reported out opportunities for the City and its sister agencies to uniformly implement best practices for awarding, managing, and overseeing public contracts. This resulted in the creation of a committee of CPOs (Chief Procurement Officers) that was charged with addressing the Task Force’s recommendations, tracking their implementation, and issuing quarterly and annual reports.
Amidst a public outcry for real and lasting change in local law enforcement, Ferguson was named to the Police Accountability Task Force (PATF). Charged with developing comprehensive findings with specific recommendations for change within the Chicago Police Department in the short, interim, and long-term, the PATF developed pragmatic and transparent recommendations for reform that, among other things, resulted in a duly empowered independent civilian investigative police oversight agency–the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)–and a dedicated Police Inspector General Office.
Ferguson is a lecturer at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as well as the co-director of its National Security and Civil Rights Program. He previously served as an instructor at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, which provides training for federal, state, and local prosecutors and investigative agencies. He has been a member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for the Association of Inspectors General and a member of the Data Analytic Working Group at the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. Ferguson received a BA from Lake Forest College and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Brian Dunn, General Counsel
Brian Dunn joined the Office of Inspector General in April 2015 as Deputy General Counsel before assuming the role of First Deputy and General Counsel later that year. Prior to joining OIG, Dunn held various legal positions with the State of Illinois. As an Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Governor from 2009 to 2011, he oversaw the legal operations of various state agencies in the regulatory, environmental, and health and human services fields. From 2011 to 2012, Dunn served as General Counsel for the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, before becoming General Counsel to the largest state agency, the Illinois Department of Human Services, from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his public service, Dunn was an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice at Mayer Brown LLP and clerked for the Honorable James Moran in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Dunn earned a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Carla Kupe, Director, DEIC
Carla Kupe joined the Office of Inspector General in 2019 and currently serves as Director of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance. She has over ten years of experience as an attorney litigating civil rights claims, investigating Title IX complaints, and working toward greater diversity in law enforcement. Most recently, Kupe served as Associate General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator at Chicago State University. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Chicago Law Department for nine years in its Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division, representing the City and members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), and in the Building and License Enforcement Division. She also served as the Director of Community Relations for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), where she facilitated collaboration between the community and law enforcement and directed NOBLE’s diversity recruitment program for CPD’s entry exam. Kupe earned a BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Natalie A. Kuriata
Natalie A. Kuriata, Director of Communications and Outreach
Natalie A. Kuriata joined the Office of Inspector General in 2017 as Communications Coordinator and currently serves as Director of Communications and Outreach. She previously served as Public Information Officer for Cook County. Prior to that, Kuriata worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office—the UK government department responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide—as Deputy Head of Corporate Services at the British Consulate in Chicago and as a Policy and Public Affairs Associate in San Francisco. She earned a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from DePaul University.
William Marback, Deputy Inspector General, Investigations
William Marback joined the Office of Inspector General in 2000 after serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1989 to 1993, where he was assigned to the Appellate Division, Narcotics Prosecution Unit, Felony Review Unit, Preliminary Hearings/Grand Jury Unit, and Felony Trial Division. Prior to that, he worked as an Associate Attorney in the litigation groups at the law firm of Hoffman, Burke, and Bozick and the law firm of Freeborn and Peters. Marback earned a BA from Loyola University and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Chris Norborg, Associate General Counsel
Chris Norborg joined the Office of Inspector General in 2016 after three years as a Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel with the City of Chicago Law Department’s Legal Counsel Division. From 2005 to 2013, he worked for the Law Department’s Appeals Division, representing Chicago and its employees in federal and state appellate courts. Prior to joining the City, he clerked for Judge Richard C. Tallman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington. Norborg earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
Cynthia Park, Deputy Inspector General of Technology and Operations
Cynthia Park joined the Office of Inspector General in 2020 as Deputy Inspector General of Technology and Operations. Previously, she worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority as the IT Purchasing Lead. She has held numerous senior management positions, including (but not limited to): Cook County Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer; Cook County Director of Finance and Administration, Bureau of Technology; and City of Chicago Deputy Commissioner of Management, Program and Policy, Department of Housing. In these management roles, she developed, reviewed, and monitored budgets and expenditures; drafted job descriptions; managed hiring plans; implemented new program procedures; and managed the monitoring and reporting requirements for various affordable housing programs. In recent years, her focus has shifted to assisting public sector information technology teams to determine sourcing strategies and find technology solutions, services, and products in accordance with public procurement rules and procedures. She is also a Certified Planner and a member of the American Planning Association and at the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Park has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Lise Valentine, Deputy Inspector General for APR
Lise Valentine joined the Office of Inspector General in 2011 after serving as Vice President and Director of Research at the Civic Federation, a non-partisan governmental research organization, where she conducted and led research on government efficiency, transparency, and tax policy. She has taught state and local public finance for the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the Course Manager and an instructor for the Certified Inspector General Auditor® course at the Inspector General Institute®. She has also served as a trustee of the Governmental Research Association, an elected Commissioner and Treasurer of the Park District of Oak Park, a board member for the Association of Inspectors General, and represents the Association of Local Government Auditors on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Inspector General Auditor®. Valentine earned a BA in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, an MS in Accountancy from DePaul University, and a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa
Deborah Witzburg, Deputy Inspector General, PS
Deborah Witzburg currently serves as the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, having joined the Office of Inspector General in 2016 as an Assistant Inspector General, where she provided legal and strategic counsel for investigations of misconduct by City of Chicago employees. She also served as OIG’s Chief Investigator for the Public Safety section, where she led efforts to screen and review closed police disciplinary cases as well as evaluations of COPA, BIA and the Police Board, as well as OIG’s Associate General Counsel for Public Safety, where she advised on legal and constitutional matters related to oversight of Chicago’s police and police accountability agencies. Witzburg previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted a wide range of misdemeanor and felony cases. She served in the State’s Attorney’s Community Justice Center, focusing on the vertical prosecution of cases of greatest concern in Chicago’s 11th and 12th police districts. There she helped develop and institute crime prevention programs in partnership with schools, senior citizens’ groups, and neighborhood organizations. Witzburg earned a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law
Cynthia BryantChief Investigator (Investigations)
Megan CarlsonChief Investigator (Public Safety)
Jonneida DavisChief of Compliance (DEIC)
Ahmed JirChief Technology Officer (CITA)
Darwyn JonesChief Performance Analyst (APR)
Cameron LagroneChief Performance Analyst (APR)
Robert OwensChief Performance Analyst (Public Safety)
Talia PeckermanChief Performance Analyst (Public Safety)
Kathryn RichardsChief Assistant Inspector General (Legal)
Keyla Vazquez, SHRM-CPSupervisor (Personnel Services)
Melissa VillaChief Forensic Data Analyst (CITA)
Cynthia Bryant, Chief Investigator, Investigations
Cynthia Bryant joined the Office of Inspector General in 2016 as an Investigator II and currently serves as Chief Investigator. Previously she served as a Profit Assurance Investigator with 7-Eleven, where she worked on investigations closely with local and federal law enforcement. Prior to that, Bryant worked as a Loss Prevention Manager at Sears Holding Corporation covering Chicago to Indianapolis. In that role, she managed the Loss Prevention team and conducted internal and external investigations, completed shrink analyses, and managed store safety programs. She is a Certified Inspector General Investigator, Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds an Illinois Private Investigation License. Bryant earned a BA in Justice Studies from Northeastern Illinois University and an MA in Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Megan Carlson, Chief Investigator, Public Safety
Megan Carlson joined the Office of Inspector General in 2019 as Chief Investigator for Public Safety. Previously, Carlson served as an Investigator V with the Cook County Office of the Independent Inspector General, where she supervised the work of other investigators. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. While there, she worked in the Domestic Violence Division and Felony Review Unit, among others. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. Carlson earned a BA from Denison University and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Jonneida Davis, Chief of Compliance, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Compliance
Jonneida Davis has served as Chief of Compliance since 2012. Prior to that Davis worked with the Cook County Office of Compliance Administrator, studying Cook County’s employment practices, policies, and procedures for non-political hiring, promotion, transfer, discipline, and discharge. While there, she implemented mechanisms to ensure that the County’s employment actions were in compliance with existing court orders. She is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. Davis earned a BS Florida State University and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Ahmed Jir, Chief Technology Officer
Ahmed Jir joined the Office of Inspector General in 2012 as a Forensic Audit Investigator and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer in the Center for Information Technology & Analytics. His duties involve managing OIG’s information technology and security infrastructure, data warehousing, eDiscovery, and forensic analytics. Jir is also an adjunct instructor at Northeastern Illinois University, teaching courses in financial and managerial accounting, accounting information systems, and IT auditing. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is certified in computer and cell phone forensics. Jir earned a BS in Network Technologies from DePaul University, an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University, and an MS in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University.
Darwyn Jones, Chief Performance Analyst for APR
Darwyn Jones has worked with the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General since 2007. He currently serves as a Chief Performance Analyst, planning, assigning, and monitoring the work of Audit & Program Review staff. Prior to joining government, Jones was an Information Technology Audit Manager for a manufacturing company and held various positions (including International Business Analyst) at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is a Certified Inspector General Auditor and served as an instructor for the Association of Inspectors General certification program. Jones earned a BS in Accounting from the University of Missouri–Springfield.
Cameron Lagrone, Chief Performance Analyst, APR
Cameron joined the Office of Inspector General in 2020 as a Chief Performance Analyst for Audit & Program Review. Previously, she served as a Senior Auditor at the Office of the City Auditor in Austin, TX, where she led performance audits of city services, mentored and coached auditors, and spearheaded the redesign of her office’s report format and structure. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Staff to a member of the Texas House of Representatives and a Field Organizer for Americorps VISTA. Lagrone earned a BA in Anthropology from Baylor University and an MPA from the University of Texas at Austin
Robert Owens, Chief Performance Analyst, PS
Robert Owens joined the Office of Inspector General in 2019 as a Chief Performance Analyst for Public Safety. Previously, he was an Associate Principal at the Civic Consulting Alliance, where he advised clients including the Chicago Police Department, Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the Department of Law, and the Mayor’s Office on public safety strategy and operations. His academic research has been published in journals including Law & Social Inquiry, Qualitative Sociology, and American Sociologist, and he currently teaches a course on “Police Reform and Police Legitimacy” at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Owens earned a BA in Social Studies from Harvard University, an MLS in Legal Studies from the University of Chicago Law School, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
Talia Peckerman, Chief Performance Analyst, PS
Talia Peckerman first joined the Office of Inspector General in 2018 as a Senior Performance Analyst in Audit & Program Review and currently serves as a Chief Performance Analyst for Public Safety. Previously, she was a Policy Analyst at the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center and a trainer at the Center for Urban & Community Services’ Academy for Justice-Informed Practice. She was also a Clinical Quality Assurance Supervisor and Research Coordinator at the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services, where she developed and implemented performance measures to evaluate the Personalized Recovery Oriented Services program. Peckerman earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and an MA in Expressive Therapy & Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Israel.
Kathryn Richards, Chief Assistant Inspector General, Legal
Kathryn Richards joined the Office of Inspector General in 2010 as an Assistant Inspector General and currently serves as Chief Assistant Inspector General. She manages a team of seven Assistant Inspector Generals and provides legal support and guidance to all OIG investigations, performance audits, and program reviews. From 2008 to 2010, Richards served as a staff law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Her previous experience includes serving as a law clerk with the City of Chicago Department of Law and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Rita M. Novak in the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is a Certified Inspector General through the Association of Inspectors General. Richards holds a BA from New York University and a JD from DePaul University College of Law.
Keyla Vazquez, SHRM-CP
Keyla Vasquez, Supervisor of Personnel Services
Keyla Vazquez serves as the Supervisor of Personnel Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer for the Office of Inspector General. She has over ten years of experience as a Human Resource Generalist with knowledge in recruitment, compensation, personnel benefits, employee relations, and conflict mediation. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Vasquez earned a BA in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.
Melissa Villa, Chief Forensic Data Analyst, CITA
Melissa Villa joined the Office of Inspector General in 2000 and currently serves as the Chief Forensic Data Analyst, supervising a team that develops the use of predictive analytics to leverage data for decision making. Her tenure includes: applying statistical techniques to transform data into information to develop investigative leads, validate assumptions, and decipher underlying trends and patterns indicative of fraudulent behavior. Villa earned a BA in History from DePaul University and an MS in Analytics from the University of Chicago.