Inspector General: Ed FitzGerald violated county policy by driving without a license

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The Cuyahoga County Inspector General found that Cuyahoga County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald violated county policies when he operated a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

The report of investigation found the following:  “Sufficient evidence was found to substantiate the allegation that County Executive Edward FitzGerald drove his personal vehicle and/or County vehicle, on or in the course of County business, without a valid driver’s license or State of Ohio driver’s license.”

In August, the FOX 8 I-Team found out that 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. At the time, FitzGerald apologized and his spokesman said the county executive planned to reimburse the county.

Richard Luchette, a spokesman for FitzGerald, released the following statement on Tuesday:

The County Executive cooperated voluntarily with the Inspector General’s review into this matter and received the same treatment that would be given to any other County employee. He has also taken full responsibility for and acknowledged the seriousness of this mistake. Now, following a thorough and independent review, it’s important that we get back to work on the challenges we face – creating jobs for middle class families, investing in rebuilding our local infrastructure, and expanding access to quality, affordable education for young people.”

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