- Office of the Inspector General
Media Contact for Massachusetts' First Inspector General Joseph R. Barresi, 1923-2018
Joseph R. Barresi, the first inspector general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, died July 23, 2018, at his home in Cohasset at the age of 95. Mr. Barresi was appointed in 1981 to lead the newly created Office of the Inspector General, the first statewide inspector general’s office in the country. During his two five-year terms as inspector general, Mr. Barresi had a pre-eminent role in shaping and developing the Office of the Inspector General as an independent agency charged with preventing and detecting the fraud, waste and abuse of public resources.