Longtime executive director of the Office of Inspector General Cynthia Carrasco has been appointed Indiana inspector general, Gov. Mike Pence announced in a statement Tuesday. The appointment is effective Jan. 11.
Carrasco has served in her current role that also includes oversight of the Indiana State Ethics Commission since 2007. She succeeds David Thomas, Indiana’s first inspector general, who served for nearly 10 years before resigning amid scandals involving officials including former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and former Rep. Eric Turner, among others.
A 2006 graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Carrasco has been responsible for managing all staff including legal, investigative and administrative employees for the Office of Inspector General as well as directing and coordinating activities of the State Ethics Commission. Carrasco is a member of the Board of Overseers for IU’s Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, treasurer of the IU Latino Alumni Association, and a board member of the IU Health Patient and Family Advisory Council.
“The foundation of any good government is maintaining accountability to the people it serves,” Pence said in a statement. “With her extensive background in ethics and proven leadership abilities, Cynthia Carrasco is the right person at the right time to continue the progress we have made as a state and advance an accountable and transparent government as good as our people.”