Deborah Witzburg

Deputy Inspector General - Public Safety

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. She is accredited as a Certified Practitioner of Oversight by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. Witzburg earned a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law