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The Inspector General Council

Chapter 12A, Section 3, of the Massachusetts General Laws creates an Inspector General Council.

Overview

Chapter 12A, Section 3, provides that the Inspector General shall meet with the Inspector General Council at least quarterly, and may consult or request the assistance of members of the Council with respect to the duties and responsibilities of the Office. Each appointed member serves a three-year term and may be appointed for additional terms.

Members of the Inspector General Council

James Morris, Chair, is a trial attorney and founding partner of Quinn & Morris, P.C.  His law firm specializes in the areas of 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.    

Michael Caira, Vice Chair,  is one of the longest-serving town managers in the Commonwealth, stepping down in September 2012 after twenty-two years with the Town of Wilmington.  During his career as town manager, Mr. Caira directed numerous Town projects, including the construction of Wilmington’s public safety building, the Wilmington middle school, and most recently, the new 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.  Mr. Caira 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.

Maura Healey was sworn as Attorney General on January 21, 2015. The Attorney General’s Office 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.

Thomas Shack is the Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He joined the Comptroller’s Office in 2012 as a Deputy General Counsel and later became the Director of Resource Management and Chief Financial Officer, where he managed the Commonwealth’s multi-billion-dollar operating budget. Immediately prior to his appointment as Comptroller, Mr. Shack served as Deputy Comptroller and Chief Financial and Operating Officer. Before joining the Comptroller’s Office, Mr. Shack spent eight years as Chief of Operations, Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office and also served in private practice. Comptroller Shack obtained his MBA from The American University and a JD from New England Law Boston.

Daniel Bennett was sworn as Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security on February 6, 2015.  In this position, Secretary Bennett oversees twelve public safety agencies responsible for law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic sciences and homeland security.   Prior to his appointment, he served as Senior First Assistant of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office for four years.  There he oversaw all aspects of the office’s administration, including personnel, finance, victim witness services and assistant district attorneys.   Secretary Bennett also served for four years as Senior Trial Counsel in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office and as a prosecutor in the Gang Unit at the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office. In addition, Secretary Bennett was a criminal defense attorney for eleven years.  Bennett earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his law degree from Suffolk Law School, where he graduated cum laude.  

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 assessments 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.  In addition to serving as chair of the Inspector General Council, 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.

Christopher Walsh is the Vice President of Privacy & Fraud Prevention and Recovery at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Pilgrim).  Mr. Walsh is responsible for overseeing Harvard Pilgrim’s Privacy Program and the development, implementation and adherence to the organization’s policies and procedures covering privacy, access and patient health information in compliance with federal and state laws.  He also leads Harvard Pilgrim’s efforts 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 seventeen 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.

George R. Ditomassi, Jr. is the former Chairman of Milton Bradley Co. and Chief Operating Officer of Hasbro Inc.  Mr. Ditomassi held many positions during his 40-year career at Milton Bradley, beginning as a production trainee and receiving numerous promotions throughout his tenure at the company.  From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Ditomassi also served as president of Milton Bradley, which had merged with Hasbro Inc. in 1984. Mr. Ditomassi earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (“UMass Amherst”) and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1980. In 1996, he received an honorary doctorate from UMass Amherst.  In 2003, Mr. Ditomassi was inducted into the Toy and Game Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Basketball Hall of Fame and is currently a member of the UMass Amherst Foundation Board.  Mr. Ditomassi also serves on the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management Business Advisory Council.

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