The $118,104-a-year director of police communications at Chicago's 911 center has been fired amid allegations that he falsified performance evaluations to give a handful of insiders a leg up over outside applicants for supervisory jobs.
Sources said the firing of Russell Simmons -- and the apparent reassignment of an underling accused of assisting him -- is part of a broader investigation of alleged hiring and contract irregularities at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
The wide-ranging investigation by Inspector General David Hoffman helps to explain why Tony Ruiz, the $162,912-a-year executive director of OEMC, was kicked upstairs on March 28 after only nine months on the job.
Simmons is a political protege of Ald. Isaac Carothers (29th), chairman of the City Council's Police and Fire Committee.