CUYAHOGA COUNTY -- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald says taxpayers will no longer foot the bill for county employees who are cited for parking and traffic violations while driving county vehicles.
The Investigator Tom Meyer found taxpayers were getting stuck paying the fines of county employees. At one point, the bill was $21,000.
Meyer brought it to the attention of the new administration. Fitzgerald couldn't believe the practice was allowed to occur. He announced a crackdown immediately, promising that taxpayers will not pay another cent in fines accumulated by county employees in county vehicles.
"I give you guys a lot of credit for reporting on that situation because it was a symptom of how out of control county government had gotten. You had at one time $21,000 in unpaid parking and traffic tickets and nobody was being held accountable and the taxpayers ended up paying the bill. It's incomprehensible," Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald also discovered that supervisors often couldn't identify which county employee was cited. He called it sloppy record-keeping which he vowed will change.
Fitzgerald is also working on reducing the the number of vehicles in the county's fleet, saying a number of county workers have no business driving county vehicles to and from work.