I-Team looks for answers from city official still working after domestic violence arrest

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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has found a City of Cleveland official facing a domestic violence charge, yet still on the job earning a six-figure salary.

Dedrick Stephens works as the city’s commissioner for licenses and assessments. His office collects fees for cab licenses, admission taxes, parking taxes and more.

He tried to brush off the I-Team Friday outside his office by hiding behind a City Hall policy requiring interviews with city officials be set up through the mayor’s office.

On Tuesday Brunswick Hills Police arrested Stephens. They charged him with domestic violence.

The Cleveland Mayor’s Office says last year, the office Stephens oversees took in $37.4 million dollars. The city says Stephens earned $101,877.98.

Why did we find him still on the job despite the arrest this week? A city spokesman, Daniel Ball, said in an email, “Disciplinary action will follow any court decision. We do not presume guilt prior to court hearings.”

A police report shows, Stephens also got caught in 2013 by Cleveland Police in a sting. He was accused of soliciting sex. He went through a court program to have his record wiped clean.

As for the domestic violence case, court records show he’ll have a chance to start fighting that charge a little later this month.

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