PHILADELPHIA – Inspector General Amy L. Kurland shared condolences today following the passing of the City of Philadelphia’s first Inspector General, Leon G Wigrizer, who died peacefully at the age of 90 on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at his home in the Hopkinson House in Philadelphia.
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Leon. His endless dedication to integrity and honesty has helped eliminate fraud and corruption in our City, and he will be remembered as a wonderful public servant and an inspiration to all,” said Inspector General Amy L. Kurland.
After nearly 30 years of service in federal government across several departments and agencies, in 1985 Mr. Wigrizer was appointed the City of Philadelphia’s first Inspector General by Mayor Wilson Goode. During his tenure, he worked with law enforcement to prosecute a number of cases on behalf of the City, and he was responsible for nearly 400 corruption arrests and administrative job actions. Mr. Wigrizer was later appointed SEPTA’s first Inspector General in 1991, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
The Office of the Inspector General offers the Wigrizer family its condolences and thanks Mr. Wigrizer for his many years of service to the City.