Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has nominated a Westchester County attorney to take the helm of the city's inspector general office.
On Tuesday, Spano tapped Kitley Covill to replace the city's outgoing inspector general, Dan Schorr, a former prosecutor and corporate finance attorney who is leaving the post after two years.
Covill has been an assistant county attorney for the past six years, overseeing investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect of minors. Previously, Covill ran her own private law firm, dealing with civic legal matters. She was also an assistant district attorney in Nassau County, where she was the first chief of the Civil Forfeiture Unit, a position that required her to investigate and pursue financial proceeds of criminal enterprises.
"I wanted to nominate someone who has vast experience in municipal law and who is honest, thorough and tough," Spano said at an April 24 news conference. "I believe Kitley possesses all these qualities, and I am confident she will help promote ethical, fiscal and legal accountability throughout our city."
As the city's ethical watchdog, Covill will be responsible for overseeing investigations of waste, fraud and abuse by Yonkers officials. Her nomination, which must be approved by the Yonkers City Council, comes on the heels of numerous scandals involving city officials, including the recent conviction of former Councilwoman Sandy Annabi on bribery charges.