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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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Michael Caira, Chair

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.

Christopher Walsh, Vice Chair

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.

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.

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

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. 

Frances Skypeck

Frances Skypeck is a professor of accounting at Framingham State University and a certified public accountant. She provides strategic financial consulting services to early-stage biotechnology and software technology companies.

Ms. Skypeck served as head of tax to various organizations, including the University of Massachusetts, International Power and National Grid. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Assumption College and a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University.

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Thomas A. Turco, III, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Thomas A. Turco III was appointed as the secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in December 2018. Mr. Turco began his career as a probation officer at the Florida Department of Correction in 1988. Over the course of his career, he served in multiple counties and was promoted in 2003 to chief probation officer of Worcester Superior Court, where he supervised the operations of the probation department for Worcester County. In this role, he developed policies, procedures and rules for the Commissioner of Probation and the Trial Court and put them into practice. He also collaborated with community organizations and agencies to promote crime prevention and remediation. 

In 2015, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Mr. Turco as undersecretary of criminal justice in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. In this leadership position he provided direction to the Department of Correction, Parole Board and the Sex Offender Registry Board while serving as a liaison to the county sheriffs. On April 8, 2016 Governor Baker appointed him as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

Mr. Turco holds a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Western New England College. He is a graduate of the Florida Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Training Academy. He is also an active member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA).  

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