Yesterday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Claudette Biemeret as BART’s next inspector general, according to a press release from Newsom’s office.
Biemeret was selected over two other candidates and has been appointed to a four-year term as the inspector general after serving as the BART assistant inspector general since 2020 and previously as both an auditor and audit manager for the city of Berkeley since 2008.
The BART inspector general’s role is to conduct audits and investigations to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and present findings to the BART Board of Directors, the California State Legislature and the public, according a BART press release.
The appointment comes two months after the departure of previous inspector general Harriet Richardson, who left before the completion of her appointment due to allegations that the BART Board of Directors and employee union SEIU 1021 obstructed her ability to carry out independent oversight.