Robert P. Caruso

Law Enforcement and Corrections, 1974 | Executive Director, State Ethics Commission
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Robert P. Caruso

Robert P. Caruso serves as the Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission and is the longest tenured Commission employee, having been continuously employed by the Commission since August 1982.  Prior to his current position of Executive Director, Rob held a variety of positions with the Commission including Special Investigator, Director of Investigations, Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director since 2013. 

Rob earned his undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement from Penn State and his master’s in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He maintains numerous certifications in the areas of interviewing and interrogation, financial investigations, and analytical investigative techniques, and is active in the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, an international group dedicated to improving governmental ethics.

During his extensive career with the State Ethics Commission, Rob has reviewed and processed over 14,000 complaints and has directed over 2,000 investigations, including serving as the lead investigator in the first prosecution of public officials charged under the Ethics Act. This culminated in the convictions of Allegheny County Commissioners for selling votes in return for official action to approve the development of the Ross Park Mall.  He also led the investigation of a high-level state employee for accepting bribes in return for the award of technology grants (resulting in 5 federal convictions), and the investigation of former State Representative Jeffrey Habay, which led to a criminal conviction that provided the legal basis for the “Bonusgate” investigations.   Most recently, Rob led the Commission’s investigation of high-ranking Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board officials, resulting in federal prosecutions and fines in excess of $9.5 million to liquor vendors. He continues to serve as an expert witness in multiple state and federal criminal trials.

Rob and his wife Paula live in Harrisburg and have a son who is a Penn State graduate.