Leadership

Isabel Mercedes Cumming

Inspector General

Isabel Mercedes Cumming is the Inspector General of Baltimore City. For the past six years, she was the Assistant Inspector General of Investigations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system overseeing 200 investigations and a team of fourteen.  Previously she was the Chief of the Economic Crimes/Special Prosecutions Unit of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for over seven years. She started one of the first mortgage fraud units in the nation.  The Washington Post called her Economic Crimes unit a “shining star”.  Prior she was with the Economic Crimes Unit of Baltimore City for over four years handling various white-collar crime cases including identity theft, elder abuse, embezzlement and arson.  For over six years she was an Assistant State Prosecutor with the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office handling high profile cases of elected officials throughout Maryland.  Her first prosecution was in Baltimore City as part of the team that prosecuted former Comptroller McLean in 1994.

Isabel began her legal career at the United States Attorney’s Office as a law clerk.  Prior she was the Director of Internal Audit for American National Bank in Baltimore for over seven years.  She began her career with KPMG Peat Marwick in Baltimore City as an auditor in 1984.

 Isabel was named the Certified Fraud Fighter of the Year in 2006 by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the first Top Fraud Fighter in Maryland in 2003.  She was named a Top 100 Women in Maryland three times by the Daily Record and recently a “Leader in Law”.  She traveled to Amman, Jordan where she taught White Collar Prosecution to fifty judges and lawyers for the Rule of Law program.  She is a both a Certified Inspector General and Certified Fraud Examiner.  She previously taught Principles of Fraud Examination at the University of Baltimore and continues to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Law School.  She earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from James Madison University, a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate (law) degree with honors from the University of Baltimore.  Isabel is the first female to be named Inspector General for Baltimore City.  Isabel is married with four sons.

Gerald D’Angelo

Deputy Inspector General – Investigations

Gerry D’Angelo serves as a Deputy Inspector General in the Office of Inspector General. His primary responsibility is overseeing the investigative function in the office. He has 30 years experience in the field of criminal justice, with specific expertise in criminal and administrative investigations. Gerry began his career with the Baltimore County Police Department, having served the community for 24 years. He held positions as a police officer, detective and supervisor. 17 of his years were spent in criminal investigations, including assignments in the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, the Homicide Unit, the Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Violent Crimes Unit and the Financial Crimes Unit. Gerry has extensive experience in complex, multifaceted investigations.

As a supervisor, Gerry was instrumental in the formation of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit, a team designed specifically to investigate non-fatal shootings and firearms trafficking crimes. He was also responsible for reorganizing portions of the Financial Crimes Unit where his team focused on fraud committed by highly organized theft rings, as well as intellectual property crime. Gerry spent four years with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of Inspector General. He held the positions of Special Agent, as well as Investigations Manager.

Gerry holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in management from Johns Hopkins University. He is accredited as a Certified Inspector General Investigator from the Association of Inspectors General. Gerry was born and raised in Baltimore and is married with three kids.

Stephen Lesniewski, Jr

Deputy Inspector General – Administration & Evaluations

Stephen (Steve) Lesniewski, Jr. joined the Baltimore City Office of Inspector General in February, 2014 as a Special Agent assigned to Department of Public Works.  In September 2017 he became the Deputy Inspector General and assumed the role of Acting Inspector General until January 2018 when he returned to his position as Deputy Inspector General.

Prior to joining the Baltimore City OIG, Steve spent eight years as an Investigative Auditor in the Criminal Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maryland after a 21-year career (1985-2006) investigating financial crimes in the banking industry as an Investigator and subsequently a Regional Security Specialist for SunTrust Bank.  Prior to beginning his career in banking, Steve spent four years as an Inspector with the Internal Revenue Service Inspection Service – Treasury Department in Washington, DC.

Steve holds a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore and his certifications include Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Control Auditor and Certified Inspector General. He has been a member of the Maryland Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners since 1996 holding a variety of offices to include President of the Chapter for the 2015-2017 term.  Steve is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 1 in Washington, DC.  Steve is married with two children.