Executive Staff - Inspector General

Robert A. Barton,
 Inspector General

Robert A. Barton was appointed to the position of Inspector General by Governor Brown on August 26, 2011. 

Prior to his appointment as Inspector General, Mr. Barton served as the Senior Assistant Inspector General for the Central Region of California, beginning in 2005.  Before this, he was a prosecutor in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office – serving as deputy district attorney from 1988-1999, and supervising deputy district attorney for gangs, prison crimes, juvenile crimes, and truancy prevention from 2000-2005. 

Mr. Barton began his public service with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department in 1984, while completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology at California State University, Fresno summa cum laude.  He attended law school at University of California, Davis, King Hall from 1985-1988, graduating with American Jurisprudence awards in Contracts and Criminal Justice Administration.

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

The independent Office of the Inspector General is responsible for contemporaneous oversight of internal affairs investigations and the disciplinary process of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), and performs other statutorily required reviews of the state correctional system. In his capacity as Inspector General, Mr. Barton also serves as Chairman of the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB), which reports to the state legislature on the progress made by the CDCR to provide effective rehabilitative programs to California’s inmates and parolees.