Ex-postal inspector becomes city's first inspector general

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July 28, 2005|By Doug Donovan | Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF

Mayor Martin O'Malley made good yesterday on a year-old pledge to hire an inspector general to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement in city government.

O'Malley introduced Andrew S. Clemmons, a former top U.S. postal inspector, as Baltimore's first inspector general at a City Hall news conference. Clemmons, 56, of Crofton will start Aug. 8 and operate out of the city's Law Department.

The mayor said his administration has always been guided by accountability and integrity. When asked why the position is being created and filled six years after he took office, O'Malley said his administration has been rooting out waste and inefficiency throughout the agencies by using the CitiStat data analysis system.

O'Malley said the job of making government more accountable is "never really done" and that there has been no "central repository" for complaints about fraud and abuse of office. Typically such complaints are handled by the Board of Ethics, which forwards them, if valid, to the Law Department.

Clemmons is a Vietnam veteran who was a federal agent with the postal inspection service for more than 20 years. He recently retired as deputy chief inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

He will be expected to respond to complaints and identify and recommend corrections for city processes that may be susceptible to abuse. He said city employees can trust that he will protect them from retribution if they file complaints.

"They can confide in my office without fear of retribution," Clemmons said.

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