CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Councilman Basheer Jones on Monday criticized Mayor Frank Jackson’s shakeup of the Department of Public Health leadership for not going far enough, saying that people should have been fired.
Jones, speaking during a meeting of council’s Health and Human Services, accused the administration of failing to address the feelings of workers considering an investigation found “employees of all races and ethnicities were treated unfairly” because of unskillful supervision.
“The people who have possibly committed these atrocious acts are still working for the city. It’s not like they’ve been fired,” Jones said. “We just shuffled the Health Department. … You didn’t remove anybody. You just put them in different positions. That’s ridiculous.”
Jones, who in his first term has emerged as one of a handful of council members willing to criticize the administration, said the shakeup doesn’t show support for employees who were treated unfairly.