Thursday, November 26, 2015

PA Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner leaving the Corbett administration

PA Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner leaving the Corbett administration



Pennsylvania Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner is leaving the Corbett administration for a job as general counsel at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the governor's office announced Monday.

“As Inspector General, Kenya’s mission was to ensure integrity, accountability and confidence in public programs, employees and contracts. She has worked diligently to exceed that goal,’’ Corbett said in a statement.

Her last day on the job in Pennsylvania is March 29. The administration has not yet named her replacement.

Faulkner, who oversaw an office of 243 employees and a $26.6 million budget, became best known during her tenure for her office's stinging, high-profile reviews of the oft-maligned state Liquor Control Board, as well as costly state grants to non-profit organizations with ties to a state legislator.

For instance, a confidential Inspector General's report last year, a copy of which was obtained by The Inquirer, included allegations that three top officials at the Liquor Control Board accepted gifts and favors in 2011 from vendors and other businesses with an interest in liquor regulation.

Another confidential report by Faulkner's office last year contained allegations that a Philadelphia nonprofit with ties to state Rep. Dwight Evans mismanaged $1.5 million in state grants since 2006.

Faulkner, 45, of Ambler, Montgomery County, began her legal career as a public defender in Philadelphia and served on the Philadelphia Independent Board of Ethics. She worked as a prosecutor on a state and federal level, handling drug, fraud and corruption cases, as well as in the private sector conducting internal investigations for government agencies.


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