CFD (Not a Scandal?) Scandal - UPDATED
Eight inspectors from Chicago's Fire Prevention Bureau are likely to be fired for allegedly accepting cash payments in exchange for making weekend pump inspections at high-rise buildings, City Hall sources said Thursday.
"Businesses were paying overtime for them to come in and do a job on Saturday or Sunday. That is wrong. Employees are not to be paid by anyone other than the city," said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
UPDATE: from the comments:
- This has been a deal that CFD agreed to for years. The building owners don't want to do the fire pump tests during the week, CFD doesn't want to pay OT, so they agreed that the building owners would pay the inspectors directly so they could do the tests on weekend and CFD wouldn't have to do paperwork. It's a really shady procedure, but CFD brass was on board with it.
What happened was that Skinny Sheahan at McCormick Place got into a beef with the head of the fire inspectors, and to screw him, blew the whistle on this. Then CFD brass was shocked, shocked, that this was going on.
Expect a whole bunch of lawsuits out of any disciplinary action that comes out of this.
Meanwhile people will die because the fire inspection bureau is turned upside down so Skinny can do what he wants at McCormick Place.
Talked to some guys,this deal is another m3dia creation. The CFD guys did nothing wrong,followed an old protocol and are being shafted.
The building managers used to issue a check to cover the CFD OT because they didn't want inspections conducted on weekdays. The CFD turned the check in to the department and received thier OT,apparently some individuals were slow in turning the checks in. It sounds like a bunch of hooopla over nothing significant...
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