Bruce R. Beemer, Inspector General
Bruce Beemer was
appointed Inspector General by Governor Tom Wolf on July 25. Prior to joining
the Office of Inspector General, Beemer served as First Deputy in the Office of
the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw the day-to-day
operations of the Criminal, Civil and Public Protections Divisions.
previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Allegheny
County District Attorney's Office. After joining that office as an Assistant
District Attorney in 1996, he worked in the Crimes Persons, Narcotics and
Homicide Trial Units where he tried more than 100 jury trials and prosecuted
more than 75 homicide cases. He was responsible for several gang-related
prosecutions within the City of Pittsburgh involving multi-jurisdictional
coordination with state and federal agencies.
In 2005, Beemer was
made supervisor of the District Attorney's General Trial Unit and Summary
Appeals Unit. He managed more than 30 prosecutors in the office and regularly
advised city, county and municipal police departments on legal issues relating
to active investigations. He trained police officers and prosecutors on behalf
of the Municipal Police Officer Training and Education Center, the Allegheny
County Police Academy and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.
From 2005 to 2010
Beemer was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of
Law, where he taught trial advocacy to third-year law students. He served as a
Board Member for the Center for Victims of Violent Crime from 2010 to 2013.
In 2010, Beemer left
the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office to engage in a private practice
focused on plaintiff environmental toxic tort cases and white-collar criminal
defense. In late 2011, he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Office of
Attorney General of Pennsylvania under Attorney General Linda Kelly and, in
2013, he was appointed Chief of Criminal Prosecutions under Attorney General
Kathleen Kane. In 2014, he was appointed First Deputy.
Beemer graduated summa
cum laude in 1992 from the University of Scranton and, in 1995, from the
University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He lives just north of Pittsburgh in
Bradford Woods. He and his wife, Jodi, have two children.