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Name: Barton, Robert
Current Position: Inspector General

Robert A. Barton, a Republican from Bakersfield, was appointed inspector general by Governor Jerry Brown in August 2011. 

Barton picked up a bachelor of science degree in criminology from California State University, Fresno, beginning his public service with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department in 1984 while still in school. He received a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1988.

After law school, Barton joined the Kern County district attorney's office. He was a deputy DA from 1988-1999 before becoming supervising deputy district attorney in 2000 for gangs, prison crimes, juvenile crimes and truancy prevention.

Barton moved from county to state government in 2005, serving as senior assistant inspector general for the central region's office of the Bureau of Independent Review. His responsibilities included conducting audits and special reviews, and oversight of internal affairs investigations of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including wardens and superintendents.

Barton expressed interest in running for Kern County district attorney in 2007 but did not, remaining in his job until his selection as inspector general.

He holds a California Community College instructor credential in the field of law, and has been an adjunct professor at Bakersfield College and California State University, Bakersfield.

Barton was unanimously confirmed as inspector general by the state Senate in March 2012.


Executive Staff – Inspector General (OIG website)

Governor Brown Announces Appointments (Governor’s press release)

Jerry Brown Appoints New State Prison Watchdog (by Anthony York, Los Angeles Times)


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