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Ms. Whetzel is originally from Madison, GA and currently resides in the Atlanta area.
Ms. Whetzel is a lawyer with extensive investigative experience relating to both administrative and criminal prosecutions. Since 2011, Ms. Whetzel has been employed by the State of Georgia as an attorney. She has worked closely with the Attorney General’s office in employment, litigation, special prosecutions, business and finance matters. Additionally, she has vast policy and procedure experience and has prepared and presented training materials on a variety of law and employment topics to a wide array of audiences. As OIG’s General Counsel, Ms. Whetzel provides legal guidance and interpretation of laws, and leads and conducts investigations involving fraud, waste, abuse and corruption within the executive branch of state government. In addition, Ms. Whetzel oversees OIG’s sexual harassment investigations within the Executive Branch agencies.
Prior to accepting her position with the Office of Inspector General, she served as Assistant and Senior Counsel for the Georgia Department of Corrections for three years, and as Deputy Executive Secretary/Staff Attorney for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission for five years.
Ms. Whetzel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2006, her law degree from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law in 2010, and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. Ms. Whetzel is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.