Laura Kunard

Deputy Inspector General

On April 19, 2017, Laura Kunard was confirmed by the City of Chicago City Council to be the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety. Prior to joining OIG, she served as senior research scientist for Justice Programs in CNA’s Safety and Security division where she worked on a variety of U.S. Department of Justice initiatives focused on law enforcement research, training and technical assistance. Prior to her position at CNA, Dr. Kunard served as director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ), one of the original COPS Regional Community Policing Institutes, within the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Prior to her time at CPSJ, Dr. Kunard was the founding director of the Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice at Adler University in Chicago where she focused on police interactions with people with mental illness. Dr. Kunard earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Northwestern University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.