Investigator I – City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office

Applications accepted through February 24, 2015.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree supplemented by one year of experience in the conduct of investigations of criminal or fraudulent activity, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid State of Illinois driver’s license is required, as well as the availability to work any duty watch.

NOTE: RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: An applicant must be an actual resident of the City of Chicago. Proof of residency will be required at the time of employment.



Interviews complainants, witnesses, and employees to gather facts in order to investigate cases of alleged official misconduct and violations of personnel and administrative rules by city employees

Conducts site visits to collect physical evidence and to perform basic analysis of work records and related documents (e.g., time sheets, activity reports, financial statements)

Uses photographic and video equipment in the conduct of surveillance work to observe acts of misconduct (e.g., fraud, residency violations)

Interviews complainants and all parties involved in formal complaints of sexual harassment or violence in the workplace cases involving city employees’ conduct towards the general public

Prepares reports of investigation activities conducted, including findings of waste and inefficiency of city programs, and makes preliminary recommendations for discipline and improvements to departmental operations

Testifies in court, at arbitrations or hearings on investigation findings

Updates and maintains case management records to report on the status of assigned investigations

Assists senior investigative staff in the conduct of criminal, large-scale and complex investigations as required


General Office environment

Exposure of outdoor weather conditions

Exposure to hazardous situations (e.g., surveillance work in isolated locations)


Standard office equipment (e.g., telephone, printer, photocopier, fax machine, calculator)

Computers and peripheral equipment (e.g., personal computer, computer terminals, hand-held

computer, modems)

Two-way radio

Photographic and video equipment


Ability to walk and stand for extended or continuous periods of time

Ability to access locations where alleged criminal activity or misconduct has occurred



Some knowledge of:
Investigation and inspection methods, techniques, practices, and procedures

Evidence collection and analysis methods, practices, and procedures

Record keeping and report preparation methods, practices, and procedures Knowledge of applicable City and department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations


ACTIVE LEARNING – Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making

ACTIVE LISTENING – Give full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, ask questions as appropriate, and not interrupt at inappropriate times

CRITICAL THINKING – Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

COORDINATION WITH OTHERS – Adjust actions in relation to others’ actions

JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING – Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one


COMPREHEND ORAL INFORMATION – Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences

SPEAK – Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand

COMPREHEND WRITTEN INFORMATION – Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing

WRITE – Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand

RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS – Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong

REASON TO SOLVE PROBLEMS – Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense

To apply for this job titles do NOT use the City of Chicago online application.

Follow these seven steps:
Submit to e-mail address ;

In the subject line, type in the job title for which you are applying;

Complete, save and attach the “Inspector General Employment Application,” here ;

Attach your cover letter for this job title;

Attach your resume;

Attach a writing sample; and,

Attach your college and/or graduate school transcripts.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide all the information listed above. If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, your submission will be incomplete, and you will not be considered for an interview. Application materials will only be accepted by e-mail at . If there is more than one open position in which you are interested, you may apply for more than one title by submitting an individual e-mail for each title. Repeat instruction steps one through seven with each e-mail.


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