New developments in Cleveland firefighter pay scandal | News
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO)- Developing news out of Cleveland City Hall. The city now acknowledges it had an indication of a firefighter pay scandal as far back as 2010.
However, a city attorney dropped the ball.
The attorney was contacted by a fire captain about firefighters paying others under the table to work for them -- but he never followed through.
"I think it could've addressed this sooner and probably more clearly had all the facts been disclosed," said Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask.
The Mayor and Safety Director say a boss in the Law Department received emails back in 2010 from a fire captain. He asked if firefighters paid each other under the table to work shifts -- would it be legal? The Law Department never followed up.
The city attorney who bungled this, Stewart Hastings, was suspended 30 days and is getting demoted.
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