I-Team obtains new documents on Ed FitzGerald’s driving history

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CLEVELAND -- The FOX 8 I-Team has obtained new documents about the driving history of Cuyahoga County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.

It turns out FitzGerald did drive a county vehicle when he did not have a valid driver’s license. He received reimbursement for any expenses he incurred while using a county vehicle, when he only had a learner’s permit.

The information was contained in public records the I-Team requested August 5.  The information was released late Thursday, after we received assistance from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office has a special unit that mediates public record cases.

The records show FitzGerald received $30 in 2011 for using a county vehicle to go to official functions. No records were released for any other years.

One county councilman is concerned about the issue and would like an investigation.

“My concern with this is the relationship between not having a driver’s license, a valid license and conducting county business and the use of county assets,” said Councilman Dave Greenspan.

Greenspan also confirmed that several county employees have been disciplined for not holding a valid driver’s license after the county inspector general  began looking at possible violations of the county’s driving policy in 2013.

“I believe the inspector general should conduct an investigation based on that information on how it related to the use of county vehicles, absolutely,” said Greenspan, a Republican, who has been critical of FitzGerald in the past.

The inspector general did not return calls seeking comment.

Richard Luchette, a spokesman for FitzGerald, said the county executive plans to reimburse the county for money he received for using the county vehicle when he did not have a license.

According to BMV records, FitzGerald had a temporary permit in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and most of 2012. He obtained his driver’s license in November of 2012.

FitzGerald did release a statement last week apologizing about the license issue.  We tried several times to discuss the issue with him, including Friday, but he declined.

Luchette released a statement saying since FitzGerald has apologized he believes it  is now time to get back to work on the issues important to middle class Cuyahoga  County families – creating jobs, growing our local economy, and expanding access to affordable education for all constituents.

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