On February 7, 2006, the federal judge in the case of Shakman v. City of Chicago signed a court order authorizing the Inspector General’s Office to follow hiring procedures that make the Office independent from the rest of City government. On June 29, 2011, the Court approved the 2011 City of Chicago Hiring Plan, which was amended in 2014. The “Office of Inspector General Hiring Procedures” apply only to the Office of Inspector General. These Hiring Procedures are intended to provide the Office of Inspector General with a method of hiring employees that maximizes the independence of the Office of Inspector General and helps to ensure that its employees are nonpartisan and free from conflicts of interest. We fill positions directly without going through the Department of Human Resources.