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About the Office of the Inspector General

The County Council appoints an Inspector General selected from a list of qualified nominees submitted to the Council by an Inspector General Nominating Panel consisting of 3 to 5 County residents.

The Inspector General serves for a term of 4 years, which begins on July 1 of the third year after an Executive and Council are elected, and ends on June 30 of the third year after the next Executive and Council are elected. An Inspector General serves no more than two full 4-year terms, not including any time served as Inspector General to complete an unexpired term.

The Inspector General may, subject to appropriation and all applicable merit system laws and regulations, appoint as term employees the staff of the Office of the Inspector General. The term of each employee ends when the next Inspector General takes office. The Inspector General may also, subject to appropriation, retain project staff or other consultants by contract.

Our Authority

In 1997, the County Council for Montgomery County passed legislation to create the Inspector General’s Office to serve as a watchdog to detect and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in County government operations. The County's first Inspector General was appointed in April 1998.

The specific goals, authority, and duties of the Office are found in Montgomery County Code, §2-151.

Inspector General's Advisory Group

The Inspector General has established an Advisory Group to assist the OIG in developing annual plans for executing and reporting on audits and investigations; determining position and skill needs of the office; and assessing its budgetary needs.

The members of the OIG Advisory Group operate under a charter that sets the qualifications for membership and anticipated activities of the members. 

Inspector General Staff

Edward L. Blansitt III

Office of the Inspector General
51 Monroe Street
Suite 802
Rockville, Maryland 20850

  240 777 8240
  240 777 8254

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