Republican Leaders Norment and Gilbert Demand State Inspector General Release Full Reports on Additional Misconduct by Parole Board


Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) and House Republican Leader C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) today called on the Office of State Inspector General to comply with the Code of Virginia by immediately providing them with unredacted copies of the Office’s additional reports related to its ongoing administrative investigation of misconduct at the Virginia Parole Board.

Earlier today, the State Inspector General released heavily redacted copies of seven additional reports related to misconduct by the Parole Board to media outlets who requested them. Instead of providing unredacted copies of these reports to the Minority Leaders as required by law, the State Inspector General instead provided copies of a cursory summary of his findings.

“The failure of General Westfall to provide complete and unredacted copies of these reports undermines his credibility and damages the independence of his office,” said Senator Norment. “The obvious coordination between the Office of the State Inspector General and the Administration is precisely what the Code is supposed to prevent. The production of a sanitized summary of misconduct by the Parole Board has all of the hallmarks of a coverup.”

“The Office of State Inspector General must provide legislative leaders with unredacted copies of these reports,” noted Delegate Gilbert. “Until they do so, they are not in compliance with the law. We will be making this clear to the Inspector General, in court if necessary.”