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First on 3: Cleveland Public Power leader was disciplined before abrupt resignation

The city still refuses to respond to questions over the commissioner's departure.

CLEVELAND — The commissioner of the city of Cleveland’s electric company was suspended for disciplinary reasons this year prior to his abrupt resignation Thursday, 3News has confirmed.

The reasons behind Ivan Henderson’s suspension are shrouded in mystery: The city won’t comment and Henderson has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

3News has requested access to Henderson’s public record personnel files, which are expected reveal (at least partially) the reasons behind the break up. It is unclear when the city plans to release the records.

However, in a text Friday to 3News reporter Mark Naymik, city spokeswoman Latoya Hunter wrote: "I can confirm that [Henderson] was suspended earlier this year and then came back to work. The exact dates will be in his file."

Henderson’s resignation as commissioner for Cleveland Public Power was announced Thursday in an email by the city. The press release largely applauds Henderson’s 13-year tenure with the municipal power company.

"During his time, Henderson has helped CPP better utilize technologies, such as LED streetlights, to improve service delivery to more than 80,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers," the city wrote.

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It added that the city leaders “"hank him for his service and wish him well on his future endeavors."

Cleveland Public Power, however, has drawn criticism over myriad issues, including frequent power outages and the recent work at the Garrett Morgan substation on the city’s West Side. The utility has also been the subject of a consultant’s external review that sources say has been critical of some CCP decisions.

Henderson remains on the city payroll through Dec. 27.

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