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City workers investigated for improper vehicle use

(Jos? M. Osorio/Chicago…)
November 09, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco

City employees are not supposed to use work cars for personal errands. Yet a paramedic and an employee of the Independent Police Review Authority did.

The city's Inspector General Office investigated allegations of improper vehicle use - an offense that resulted in a suspension and firing of two city workers, according to the office's report submitted to the City Council last week.

One case involved a paramedic driving his son to school in a fire department vehicle more than 80 times. The office recommended a suspension without pay. The fire department told the Inspector General Office the paramedic would be suspended for two days, but the paramedic had a right to rebut the discipline.

The other case involved an employee with the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates allegations of police misconduct. The employee violated the vehicle policy by routinely taking home a city car without authorization, the report said. The employee also failed to pay for parking in metered spots, misused the police logo to avoid paying for parking, violated traffic laws while driving the car and lied to investigators about it.

The Inspector General Office recommended the city worker be fired and he was discharged, the report said.

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