Scott M. Ando was appointed to his position by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on February 15, 2014. He originally joined IPRA in 2011 as the 1st Deputy Chief Administrator following a 33 year law enforcement career, which included 28 years of service as a Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and, prior to that, five years as an investigator and, later, a supervisor with the Bergen County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office’s Narcotics Task Force.
In 1983, Mr. Ando entered on duty as a Special Agent with DEA and, after graduating from the DEA Academy, was assigned to the Chicago DEA office for his first eight years with the agency. In 1991, Mr. Ando was reassigned to DEA’s Training Academy as an Instructor until 1995, when he was promoted to the position of Supervisory Special Agent in DEA’s New Orleans office.
In 2003, Mr. Ando was reassigned to DEA Headquarters as an Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility, DEA’s equivalent to Internal Affairs, where he conducted investigations of misconduct and corruption on the part of DEA employees. In 2005, Mr. Ando was promoted to the rank of Assistant Special Agent in Charge and assigned to DEA’s Board of Professional Conduct, where he was responsible for reviewing internal investigations, making determinations of fact, and proposing discipline in all cases of sustained employee misconduct, as well as reviewing DEA shooting investigations.
In 2008, Mr. Ando was reassigned to DEA’s Chicago office for the second time in his career, this time as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the office. In this assignment, Mr. Ando supervised approximately 100 agents and police officers in a variety of enforcement groups, including Task Force groups focusing on gangs and narcotics, as well as DEA’s offices in central Illinois.
Mr. Ando earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He also completed Basic Police Training at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute and was certified as a Police Officer by the New Jersey State Police Training Commission. Mr. Ando has completed executive development and leadership certificate programs at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership, as well as Shooting Reconstruction and Officer Involved Shooting Investigations at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.
Mr. Ando is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Inspectors General, the International Law Enforcement Auditors Association, the American Society for Public Administration, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 (Federal – Washington, D.C.), is a lifetime member and past State Delegate of the NJ State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association.more » « less