Saturday, February 03, 2007

Spitzer Names New IG

Liz Benjamin Capitol Confidential

Gov. Eliot Spitzer today tapped Kristine Hamann, a 30-year veteran of Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau’s office, to serve as state inspector general.
“Kristine is a highly-regarded career prosecutor from an office known for independence and integrity, and for following the facts wherever they may lead,” Spitzer said. “Her role is to bring the same qualities and same approach to the Inspector General’s office and to root out fraud and corruption in state government.”
The post pays $145,500. The IG’s office is, according to Spitzer’s press release: “responsible for detecting and investigating allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal activity, conflicts of interest and abuse involving state agencies, departments, commissions and authorities headed by appointees of the governor.”
Hamann is already familiar with Albany, having received her B.A. from SUNY Albany and her J.D. from Albany Law School.
Remember that Spitzer, too, worked in the Manhattan DA’s office back in the day.
More on Hamann’s resume after the jump:

Hamann has served as executive assistant district attorney in the Manhattan DA’s office since 1998. In that post, she led major projects, including the development of protocols for DNA testing and the creation of a Child Advocacy Center.
Prior to that, Hamann was deputy chief of the Trial Division in charge of the Criminal Court from 1994 to 1998,director of training from 1991 to 1994 and Deputy Bureauchief of the Career Criminal Bureaus from 1988 to 1991. Joining in 1980, she spent her first twelve years in the DA’s office as an active trial lawyer.

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