CLEVELAND -- Seventeen supervisors with the Cleveland Fire Department were disciplined Thursday for their involvement in a shift-trading case. The punishments were a result of the city's internal investigation of the Division of Fire's shift records and payroll.
Earlier this year, 13 Cleveland firefighters pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Cleveland Division of Fire Chief Patrick Kelley announced the following suspensions:
- 7 supervisors suspended for one 24-hour shift
- 5 supervisors suspended for two 24-hour shifts
- 2 supervisors suspended for one 24-hour shift, to happen at a later time
- 1 supervisor suspended for three 24-hour shifts
"The lack of supervisory oversight in the Division of Fire regarding this matter enabled firefighters to engage in a practice of swapping their scheduled work shifts in violation of an established policy," Chief Kelley said in a press release. "This practice not only eroded the public trust, but also brought significant scrutiny and dishonor to the Division."
Charges against an eighteenth supervisor, currently on suspension, are pending.