Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson will have more oversight and investigative authority over the Public Building Commission (PBC) if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way.
On Tuesday, Emanuel recommended that the city council and PBC expand Ferguson's authority to include oversight of the agency.
“Moving from a contracted Inspector General to a full-time Inspector General will increase efficiencies and enhance oversight over the PBC,” said Emanuel. “From rewriting the entire ethics code in collaboration with City Council and the IG to achieving Shakman compliance, my administration is increasing accountability and changing the way Chicago government does business.”
To accomplish the switchover, Emanuel will propose a change to the Municipal Code that would allow the IG to have authority over additional city agencies. Currently, the IG's office can investigate all city departments. The mayor will then offer up an "intergovernmental agreement" that would allow the IG's office to investigate the PBC, which is expected to present the proposed changes to its board next month.
“We welcome Mayor Emanuel’s decision to broaden the scope of the Inspector General’s duties to include oversight of the Public Building Commission,” said Erin Lavin Cabonargi, executive director of the PBC. “As the chairman of the PBC, Mayor Emanuel is leading by example and demonstrating his commitment to transparency, cost efficiencies and good government. We pledge our full support and will work closely with Mr. Ferguson to ensure a smooth transition.”