In his State of the State speech on Wednesday night, Governor Gary Herbert announced that he was working with Representative Mike McKell, Senator Deidre Henderson and Attorney General Sean Reyes on the creation of an office of inspector general for the state.
In his speech, the Governor said that the position would be “one that will act as an independent entity to elevate and ensure the highest levels of ethics and official conduct in state government.”
But this isn’t the first time that an Office of Inspector General has been proposed for Utah.
Back in 2009, Rep. Greg Hughes, now Speaker of the House, proposed HB348. Titled “Creation of the Office of Inspector General,” the bill never went beyond numbering. Perhaps it was an idea ahead of its time–remember, this was all before John Swallow or Mark Shurtleff came under investigation on various criminal charges.
Five years and two former Utah Attorneys General later, it may be an idea whose time has come.