David Harper

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David T. Harper
Inspector General
City of Albuquerque, New Mexico

David Harper was appointed as the Inspector General by the City Council of Albuquerque and assumed the position in June 2016.  He serves a City of more than 560,000 citizens and provides oversight of all City of Albuquerque elected and appointed leaders, as well as all Departments and more than 6,000 employees.  Prior to his current position, David served as a Special Agent for 35 years with the Air Force Office of special Investigations (AFOSI), where he specialized in white collar criminal investigations.His most recent position was Chief, Economic Crime Desk for OSI, at Quantico Marine Corps Base, VA, where he provided oversight and global support to fraud and public corruption investigations at more than 200 locations worldwide.

David previously served as a Special Agent-in-Charge of the New England office and prior to that he had assignments in variety of locations, from Los Angeles to New York City, as well as Berlin and Munich, Germany.

He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, in support of the AFOSI mission.  He is a veteran and was on active duty with the Air Force from 1976 to 1985 and served in the Air Force Reserves from 1985 to 1993.  David is a Certified Inspector General (CIG), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator (CFCI).  His professional accomplishments have been recognized by the Department of Justice, the Air Force General Counsel and he is the recipient of the Air Force “Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.”  Additionally, he has been a Criminal Justice faculty member with the University of Phoenix from 2002 to 2016.  He serves on the board of the New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and serves on the ACFE Advisory Council.  He is the Chairman of the Roadrunner Chapter of the Association of Former Office of Special Investigations Special Agents (AFOSISA), and is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.  He is a native of Los Angeles, California, but has spent much of his career on the east coast and is married to a wonderful New Englander.  He enjoys traveling, writing and movies.

Why you ran for the Board

I ran for the AIG Board in hopes of having an opportunity to serve the membership of the Association and to have a greater impact on the purpose of the AIG and what it does for its members with the hope of influencing its growth and increasing the scope of its service.

The importance of the Association

I believe the Assocation is critical to enabling and facilitating the success of its members and the Inspectors General organizations at all levels of government, both nationally and internationally.  I have relied heavily on the networking opportunities of the AIG and on the model legislation and Professional Standards in improving the office that I lead.  I believe there is so much more that the AIG can do – both nationally and internationally.

What you would like to accomplish as a Board Member?

I hope to serve on several committees to help make a positive difference and impact on the Association and on every person and organization served by the Association.  I am especially interested in the training, sharing of information and expansion of the Association to a larger international footprint.  I believe the more members the Association has, the more valuable it becomes, because of the greater collective experiences and intellectual resources.  I am hopeful of a future AIG that can provide more training opportunities than just the annual opportunity and seasonal certification institutes.  I am hopeful to see its growth resulting in more federal and international members.  I am hopeful to see an increase in its advocacy in establining OIGs at more local and state governments.  Back to what I would like to accomplish – I hope to be able to support and influence each of these aspirations, leading to their accomplishment.