Inspector General Brian D. Lamkin
Brian D. Lamkin was appointed by Governor Henry McMaster in April, 2017 to succeed Patrick J. Maley as the agency's Inspector General. Inspector General Lamkin has served as an investigator with the agency since 2013, in addition to serving as the Acting Inspector General prior to his appointment. Inspector General Lamkin served for more than 25 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent where he specialized in complex white collar crime investigations, in particular financial crimes and public corruption matters.
During his FBI career, he served in multiple senior executive assignments as Chief of the FBI's Financial Crimes Program, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Atlanta and FBI Columbia field offices, and as Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Training Division at Quantico, VA. He is the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service with the FBI. He is a certified fraud examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
The State Inspector General’s statutory mission is to investigate and address allegations of "fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, and wrongdoing" within the Executive Branch of South Carolina State government. The Executive Branch consists of 106 separate agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, with annual expenditures exceeding 20 billion dollars and roughly 58,000 employees.
This broad mission is translated into two main objectives:
- Support a high integrity workforce; and
- Increase the cost/effectiveness of Executive Branch operations
The successful achievement of these two objectives results in the achievement of a third objective – increasing the public’s trust and confidence in state government. Review the SC Code Section dealing with the Inspector General.
The State Inspector General's Office was established on July 1, 2012 with a staff of two investigators for its first year of operation. With the support of the Legislature and the Governor, the SIG is now staffed with six investigators, including the Inspector General, and an administrative assistant.
The investigative staff includes three auditors, to include a retired financial director, and three retired law enforcement investigators with more than 75 years of investigative experience, emphasizing fraud, corruption, and organizational performance.