The Office of the Inspector General Council

The Massachusetts legislature created the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Council to help the Inspector General carry out the duties and responsibilities of the office. Chapter 12A, Section 3, of the Massachusetts General Laws created the council.

Meeting with the council at least quarterly, the Inspector General may consult with council members, or ask for their assistance. The council votes to approve summonses for testimony of witnesses in OIG matters and to refer cases to a district attorney’s office and certain other investigatory agencies. The council also sets the Inspector General's salary.

Each council member is appointed to a three-year term, and may be appointed to serve additional terms.

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Christopher Walsh, Chair (Governor’s Appointee)

Christopher Walsh is the Vice President of Privacy & Fraud Prevention and Recovery at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. He oversees Harvard Pilgrim’s Privacy Program, which develops and implements the organization’s privacy, access and patient health information policies and procedures. The program ensures that Harvard Pilgrim is adhering to these policies and procedures in compliance with federal and state laws. He also leads the effort to detect, investigate and prevent fraud, waste and abuse by providers and members against Harvard Pilgrim. 

Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim in 2012, Mr. Walsh was a prosecutor for over 17 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2011, Attorney General Martha Coakley appointed Mr. Walsh to the position of chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. In that position, he oversaw a bureau tasked with prosecuting major white collar felonies, enterprise and organized crimes, cybercrimes, insurance and unemployment fraud and environmental crimes. 

He had previously served four years as chief of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Division, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting fraud committed against MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid agency.

Suzanne Bump, Auditor

Suzanne Bump is the 25th Auditor of the Commonwealth, one of six constitutional officers in Massachusetts. The Office of the State Auditor conducts financial, performance and technical reviews of programs, departments, agencies, authorities, contracts and vendors in the Commonwealth. 

Prior to her election in 2010, Auditor Bump led the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development as the secretary of labor. She also represented the 5th Norfolk District in the House of Representatives for eight years. Auditor Bump chairs the Municipal Finance Oversight Board and serves on the boards of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission and the Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System.

Michael Caira (Governor’s Appointee)

Michael Caira is one of the longest-serving town managers in the Commonwealth, having served twenty-two years with the town of Wilmington. During his career as town manager, Mr. Caira directed many town projects, including the construction of Wilmington’s public safety building, the Wilmington Middle School and Wilmington High School. Prior to becoming Wilmington’s town manager, Mr. Caira served on the Wilmington Board of Selectman and was Wilmington’s moderator for eight years.

He also served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years, including as the assistant secretary for state services in the executive office of Governor Francis Sargent and as the director of finance and administration for the Division of Capital Planning and Operations.

Rachel Ciocci (Auditor’s Appointee)

Rachel Ciocci (formerly Trant) recently retired from the position of Associate Vice President of Finance and Business Services at Framingham State University. Ms. Ciocci was previously the Budget Director for the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to her 18 years of state service, she had a distinguished career, which focused on accounting, financial, and general management in a variety of private sector organizations, ranging from professional services to agriculture and manufacturing. 

Ms. Ciocci earned a bachelor’s degree in finance as well as a fellowship in education from Northeastern University.

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Maura Healey, Attorney General

Maura Healey was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015. The Office of the Attorney General is an advocate and resource for the Commonwealth in many areas, including the fight against fraud and corruption, the protection of civil rights and the promotion of economic recovery. Prior to her election, Maura Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus. 

Attorney General Healey was at the forefront of the state’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which she argued and won twice in federal court before the Supreme Court finally struck it down. Early in her career, Healey clerked for a federal judge and served as a litigator at the international law firm WilmerHale (formerly Hale & Dorr) and as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County.

Attorney General Healey graduated from Harvard College in 1992 and earned her law degree from Northeastern University Law School.

Gina Kwon (Attorney General’s Designee)

Gina Kwon is the Chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Attorney General’s Office and oversees ten divisions that handle the criminal investigations, prosecutions and appeals handled by the office. She joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2015 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Enterprise, Major, and Cyber Crimes Division, where she handled long-term narcotics and firearms investigations and prosecutions. She then became Division Chief of the Enterprise, Major, and Cyber Crimes Division prior to becoming Chief of the Criminal Bureau. 

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Gina served as an Assistant District Attorney for over seven years in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Gina worked primarily in the Lowell region, progressing from work in Lowell District and Juvenile Courts, to supervisory work in those courts, and then to Lowell Superior Court team where she focused on prosecuting gang-related crimes.  She also worked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in their Narcotics/Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Gina received her J.D. from New England Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

Michael K. Leung-Tat (Auditor’s Designee)

Michael Leung-Tat serves as the Office of the State Auditor’s (OSA) General Counsel and Deputy Auditor. Leung-Tat oversees the OSA’s legal affairs, as well as the agency’s Bureau of Special Investigations (BSI) and Division of Local Mandates. From 2017 to 2019, he served first as Legal Counsel for BSI before joining the OSA Legal department as Assistant General Counsel. Prior to returning to the OSA, he served as Deputy Division Chief in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division and was Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Boston’s Law Department for the Boston Public Schools.  

He earned his Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City and received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

William McNamara, Comptroller

A native of Norwood and graduate of Norwood High School, Bill McNamara earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English at Williams College, and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Mr. McNamara's post-M.B.A. career began at Norton Company in Worcester, where he was the senior business analyst in the office of the CFO and Controller. Transitioning to the investment industry in 1992, Mr. McNamara spent sixteen years at Fidelity Investments. He rose through the finance function to become CFO of a major division with a budget of over $500 million.

Moving to investment management and distribution, Mr. McNamara applied new analytic and data techniques to product management and strategic marketing for a multibillion dollar mutual product line. After leaving Fidelity, he spent time as an investment industry consultant and at an investment firm before joining the Department of Revenue (DOR) as Deputy Commissioner in 2016.

Mr. McNamara had a broad range of responsibilities at DOR, including managing legislative and external affairs, communications, and policy. Working with DOR’s team of economists, he implemented new approaches to taxpayer data in order to better understand the impact of economic conditions and federal law changes on taxpayers. As Assistant Secretary in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, McNamara oversaw budgeting and spending across several key agencies and in the information technology function

James Morris (Attorney General’s Appointee)

James Morris is the longest-serving member of the Council and was appointed when it was first founded in November 1981.

Mr. Morris is a trial attorney and founding partner of Quinn & Morris, P.C. His law firm specializes in personal injury, workers’ compensation, government relations and public affairs. Prior to forming Quinn & Morris, Mr. Morris was the New England-area director of public affairs for Gulf Oil Corporation. He also served as counsel to the speaker in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1975 to 1976 and was an Executive Assistant Attorney General from 1972 to 1975.  

Mr. Morris is a former chairman of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Suffolk University, where he served as clerk of the corporation. 

Terrence Reidy, Secretary of Public Safety and Security

Terrence Reidy serves as Secretary of Public Safety and Security. This second-largest Executive Branch secretariat represents the Commonwealth's law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic technology, homeland security, and emergency response apparatus. With nearly 25 years of prosecutorial and law enforcement experience, Reidy oversees over a dozen agencies, boards, and commissions with almost 10,000 full-time employees. Together, their mission is to protect the Commonwealth's people, property, and infrastructure from intentional, accidental, and natural threats and hazards. 

Before his current appointment, Reidy served as Undersecretary for Law Enforcement, providing strategic leadership to the Massachusetts State Police, the Municipal Police Training Committee, and the Office of Grants and Research. As a member of the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes, he oversaw the creation of a hate crime resource guide for Massachusetts schools and partnered with police to ensure that every department in the Commonwealth has a trained, dedicated civil rights officer.

 Prior to his work in the Administration, Reidy was an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Assistant District Attorney in Worcester and Suffolk Counties. His experience included supervising the Attorney General's Enterprise, Major Crimes, and Cyber Crime Unit, and the Worcester District Attorney's Gang Unit. In Suffolk County, Reidy was promoted from District Court Prosecutor to Superior Court, where he served in the Gang and Safe Neighborhood Initiative Units. In these roles, he developed collaborative relationships with residents, community groups, federal, state, and local law enforcement.

 Beyond his work in government, Reidy dedicates time to volunteering as a coach for several youth sports organizations. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colby College and earned his juris doctor from New England School of Law. 

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