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Cullen: No Reason for City Inspector General Ordinance

Cullen: No Reason for City Inspector General Ordinance

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Springfield’s former corporation counsel is weighing in on the city’s quest to employ an inspector general.

Mark Cullen, who resigned last summer, says the ordinance under city council consideration doesn’t do much.

“The fact that there’s been a couple [of] notable instances where people have alleged certain things… that’s not a reason to establish an office,” says Cullen. “The reason to establish an office is where you have a need and you think there might be some value to it.”

Cullen says the inspector general position already exists in city government, it just hasn’t been filled recently. He says it’s the wrong approach to employ someone here just because of what he calls a couple of instances.

One of those instances is the police document shredding scandal, which in part led to his departure.

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