Randy Meyer is New Ohio IG

From The Columbus Dispatch

Randy Meyer, the chief investigator for state Auditor Mary Taylor and a former police officer, was appointed Ohio inspector general today by Gov.-elect John Kasich.

Meyer, 44, a Republican from Wilmington, will replace Thomas P. Charles, who will be Kasich’s public safety director when he takes office on Jan. 10.

Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer

Kasich and Taylor announced the appointment today at the Clinton County Courthouse in Wilmington, where Meyer was a police officer from 1994-99.

Former Ohio Inspector General Tom Charles, now Commissioner of Public Safety

The inspector general investigates alleged wrongdoing by state executive agencies and officials. Under Charles, the agency conducted high-profile investigations involving officials at the State Highway Patrol, former Attorney General Marc Dann, and others.

Meyer has worked in the auditor’s office since 2003. Taylor named him chief of investigations in her office in 2007. Prior to that, he worked as head of investigations into public corruption for then-Auditor Betty D. Montgomery, uncovering millions of dollars in fraudulent activities.

He also spent four years working as a gang investigator for Montgomery when she was attorney general from 1999 to 2003.

A Navy veteran, Meyer attended Franklin University.