inspector general


Definition of inspector general

: a person who heads an inspectorate or a system of inspection (as of an army)

Examples of inspector general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Later, the city’s inspector general found that police officers firmed up that blue wall, lying and destroying evidence. Washington Post, "The police chief who had the courage to hold an officer accountable for a shooting," 30 Jan. 2020 While the Justice Department inspector general found the FBI mishandled parts of its application on Page, the overall investigation rebutted the president's depiction of a politically biased plot against him. Shannon Pettypiece, NBC News, "Trump's Senate defense so far echoes his Twitter feed," 25 Jan. 2020 But the inspector general said the explanation the F.B.I. offered — that the agents had been busy with other aspects of the Russia investigation, and the Page FISA was a minor part of those responsibilities — was unsatisfactory. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Court Orders F.B.I. to Fix National Security Wiretaps After Damning Report," 17 Dec. 2019 The inspector general found no evidence that the information collected by the informant was used in the Russia investigation. Michael Balsamo,, "Here are 6 key takeaways from the DOJ watchdog report on the Trump-Russia probe," 9 Dec. 2019 The council members serving since 2016 weren’t elected according to state law, the county inspector general found. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Broward’s smallest village could vanish after being chastised for improper elections," 20 Nov. 2019 The inspector general will audit city police policies and practices. Eric Heisig,, "Cleveland hires police inspector general, mandated as part of court-enforced reform efforts," 6 Aug. 2019 The Indiana inspector general later said Holcomb violated no ethics rules by accepting the flights. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Spectacle Entertainment's Vigo County casino in jeopardy due to federal probe," 24 Jan. 2020 The inspector general cited failures within the organization to provide oversight of critical pieces of the program, including filling key positions that remained vacant for months and that were responsible for overseeing infrastructure projects. Washington Post, "On-time delivery of new Acela train sets at risk, Amtrak inspector general says," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inspector general

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Inspector general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: a person who is in charge of a group of inspectors or a system of inspection

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