Inspector General Management Team Awarded Certifications

The Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office is proud to announce that two members of our Division of Inspector General Management Team were awarded certifications through the Association of Inspectors General.   

Recently, Lori Stephens, Inspector General, attained certification as a Certified Inspector General (CIG) and Bobbie Windham, Deputy Inspector General, attained certification as a Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI).  The Association awards these designations to individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements regarding education and experience, and upon successful completion of one of its certification programs.  The Inspector General Institute certification program curriculum includes a week of intensive training and certification courses presented by instructors who are current or former inspectors general and senior IG staff, along with experts in investigative, forensic, and related disciplines.  The curriculum covers a variety of subjects including ethics, legal issues, professional standards, and investigative techniques.  Participants are required to pass an exit examination upon completion of the courses.

Angel Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, says she is extremely proud of this accomplishment.  “These certifications show that our executive Inspector General team is dedicated to attaining the highest standard for investigations. They are extremely professional, and they are committed to upholding industry standards,” said Colonneso.  “The purpose behind being designated Inspector General was to afford our team the opportunity to have access to extensive training in investigative techniques and to provide another layer of assurance with regard to investigations that they undertake. They will also be able to take advantage of continuing training and education as Inspectors General.”

The Association of Inspectors General is a non-profit, membership organization for agencies and professions in the Inspector General community.  Its mission is to promote “excellence in the Inspector General community by establishing and encouraging adherence to quality standards, sponsoring professional development and networking opportunities, certifying individuals in IG-specific disciplines, supporting offices in governmental and external relations, and inspiring governmental entities to embrace the inspector general model as an effective tool in the fight to combat waste, fraud and abuse.”