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Saving City Taxpayers Millions By Rooting Out Corruption

Aug 7, 2020

Inspector General Isabel Mercedes Cumming
Credit Courtesy of the Office of the Inspector General

The Coronavirus has slowed down or shuttered businesses large and small, but one city department has been as busy as ever rooting out malfeasance by Baltimore elected officials and employees. 

Baltimoreans, sadly, know public corruption all too well. In the past decade, two of our mayors, Sheila Dixon and Catherine Pugh, have resigned amid corruption scandals. 

Tom's guest is the city’s top crusader against corruption. Isabel Mercedes Cumming is Baltimore’s inspector general. Before taking on that role 18 months ago, she served as Assistant Inspector General of Investigations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she oversaw 200 investigations in six years.

She is the first woman to serve as the city’s top watchdog. Inspector General Cumming joins us from City Hall via Zoom.