Steven E. Cyranoski
Interim Inspector General
Pursuant to OIIG Ordinance, Steven E. Cyranoski currently serves as Interim Inspector General of the OIIG. Prior to becoming Interim Inspector General, Mr. Cyranoski served as the General Counsel where he provided legal advice to OIIG management and investigators and addressed all legal issues relating to office operations. Mr. Cyranoski also serves as the Freedom of Information Act Officer.
Mr. Cyranoski has practiced law for over 25 years handling litigation matters in both state and federal trial and appellate courts. Prior to joining the OIIG in 2009, Mr. Cyranoski was a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP and at the Chicago office of Michael, Best & Friedrich LLP.
Mr. Cyranoski graduated with honors from the Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Moot Court Board. Mr. Cyranoski obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Tirrell J. Paxton
Deputy Inspector General
Compliance & Program Review Division
Tirrell J. Paxton serves as Deputy Inspector General of the Compliance & Program Review Division of the OIIG. Mr. Paxton’s duties involve planning and conducting government investigations, program reviews, surveys, and regulatory compliance projects. Before joining the OIIG, Mr. Paxton held positions as an auditor and Senior Fraud Investigator at Ernst & Young LLP where he performed audits, compliance reviews, internal investigations and financial and economic loss assessments for private industry. Mr. Paxton also held positions at DLA Piper Rudnick as an associate attorney concentrating in bankruptcy law. Prior to joining DLA, Mr. Paxton served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Ronald Barliant of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Paxton graduated from Jackson State University with an accounting degree and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Paxton is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Mr. Paxton began his service with the OIIG in January 2010.