Fire Chief: “I Am Not Happy About What Has Happened”

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(Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl McGinnis)

CLEVELAND —  Thursday afternoon, Cleveland Fire Chief Daryl W. McGinnis said he is “moving forward” following the indictment of 13 Cleveland firefighters by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

“This is a sad day for the Cleveland Fire Department. Personally I am not happy about what has happened, ” said Chief McGinnis. “But what I will say is that this one moment does not reflect the true nature or commitment of Cleveland firefighters to this community.”

Thirteen Cleveland firefighters were named in an indictment released Wednesday by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

According to the indictment paperwork, each man was indicted on one count of theft in office, a 3rd degree felony, and one count of receiving improper compensation, a 1st degree misdemeanor. The documents show that the offense occurred on or around “9/30/2008 to 12/31/2010.”

Chief McGinnis said the department is on a path to change policies and procedures that led to the charges, including improving payroll practices, record keeping and accountability. The department also has a new scheduling office to make sure people who are scheduled to work are at work.

The department is making adjustments to cover the shifts of the 13 firefighters, including shifting other employees around and possibly hiring additional overtime employees to ensure proper coverage. Chief McGinnis said service to the community will not be disrupted.

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