Cleveland firefighter involved in pay scandal won’t get job back, arbitrator rules

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Calvin Robinson (File photo)

CLEVELAND- An arbitrator has ruled a Cleveland firefighter should not get his job back after being fired for his role in a pay scandal.

The mayor’s office confirms Calvin Robinson lost his bid to get back on the force.

City hall and investigators told Fox 8 News Robinson only  worked a handful of days in a couple of years, but he received full pay and benefits. Officials said he paid others under the table to work for him, a practice that once was widespread in the fire department.

The arbitrator ruled the city had “clear and convincing evidence” for firing Robinson.

“We agree with the arbitrator’s ruling that clear and convincing evidence was provided to uphold the city’s decision to terminate the grievant. We hope to see similar cases follow suit in the future,” Assistant Director of Public Safety Ed Eckart said.

The pay scandal resulted in sweeping changes of work rules for Cleveland firefighters.

Robinson and 12 other firefighters were indicted for theft in office. But those charges resulted in plea deals.

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