Gov.-elect Tom Corbett just announced that Kenya Mann Faulkner, a former assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia who helped convict former City Councilman Rick Mariano on federal corruption charges and then went on to serve of the city's Board of Ethics, will lead the state's Office of Inspector General.
Faulkner, 45, of Ambler, a partner at the Ballard Spahr law firm, is serving on the criminal justice committee of Corbett's transistion team. The state OIG web site says the office has about 400 employees who "prevent or find fraud, waste, and abuse in the Commonwealth’s programs, operations, and contracts."
After the jump, you can read what Corbett's team has to say about Faulkner.
Kenya Mann Faulkner
Corbett said that Kenya Mann Faulkner is a partner the Litigation Department at the Philadelphia office of the law firm Ballard Spahr. Faulkner is also a member of the Corporate and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense Group; and the Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group.
In her job at Ballard Spahr, Faulkner has conducted complex internal investigations for governmental agencies and nonprofit companies, resulting in saved time, expense, and management resources.
Before joining Ballard Spahr, Faulkner was an Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she successfully prosecuted numerous complex fraud cases; a Philadelphia city councilman accused of bribery and corruption; and a New Jersey millionaire convicted in one of the largest-ever international sex-tourism cases.
Faulkner also served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section and was a Philadelphia public defender.
“Kenya Mann Faulkner is a skilled lawyer and her experience as a federal prosecutor investigating public corruption makes her well-suited to lead the Inspector General’s office, whose role it is to investigate and prevent waste, fraud and abuse,” Corbett said.
Corbett noted that the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General has a staff of nearly 400 employees.
Faulkner received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Niagara University and her J.D. from the State University of New York, University of Buffalo Law School.
Faulkner is married and has three step children.