Deborah Witzburg

Inspector General
Chicago Office of Inspector General

Deborah Witzburg serves as Inspector General for the City of Chicago, having been appointed to her first term in April 2022. Previously, she served as the City’s Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety, overseeing independent, objective evaluations and reviews of Chicago’s police and police accountability agencies, with the goal of enhancing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and improving the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. She also served as OIG’s Chief Investigator for the Public Safety section, leading efforts to screen and review closed police disciplinary cases, as well as OIG’s Associate General Counsel for Public Safety, advising on legal and constitutional matters. Witzburg first joined OIG in 2016 as an Assistant Inspector General, providing legal and strategic counsel for investigations of misconduct by City of Chicago employees.

She is a Certified Inspector General by the Association of Inspectors General and a Certified Practitioner of Oversight by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. Witzburg earned a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

Deborah Witzburg’s Session

1:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m. PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2024

How to Engage When You Can’t Engage on Social Media: Strategy and Tactics for Sensitive Government Topics

It’s all about engagement on social media, right? What happens if you are a government agency that is leader-driven, is managing sensitive information, or perhaps operating under ordinances that govern what you can say publicly?

In this session, you will hear from an Inspector General’s Office (and the Inspector General herself!) on what a social media strategy can be when you can't always engage or respond to the public directly. We’ll look at how to navigate content approval processes, consistent messaging when you're dealing with sensitive material and ways to still be creative and grow your presence with vetted, evergreen content.

You’ll learn:

  • Secrets to mining existing, vetted content for a vibrant multi-channel presence.
  • Tips for sustainable systems and approval processes to consistently capture your agency and agency leader’s voice.
  • How to supercharge creativity without losing control of message delivery with livestream video, sharable digital media assets, and more.
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