The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District is a unit of DOI that operates independently of the Department of Education. The office investigates alleged acts of corruption and other criminal activity, conflicts of interest, unethical conduct and misconduct by anyone within the New York City School District or doing business with the Department of Education. The office also serves as the Inspector General for the Teachers' Retirement System of the City of New York and the New York City Board of Education Retirement System.
Special Commissioner Richard Condon, the second individual to hold the post, was appointed in June 2002 by Mayor Bloomberg and DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn. He replaced Edward Stancik who had held the post since the office was created in 1990. Special Commissioner Condon has a long and distinguished career in public service, including 20 years in the New York City Police Department, which culminated in his appointment as Police Commissioner. He’s also served as the Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justices Services under Governor Mario Cuomo.