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Report: Streets And San Official Suspended, But Keeps Job

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – A deputy commissioner at the Department of Streets and Sanitation has been suspended for having his underlings run errands for him, but gets to keep his job, according to a Tuesday report.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Bobby Richardson is in charge of the city’s Snow Command, and takes home a salary of $142,000 a year.

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The Chicago Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman reports city Inspector General Joe Ferguson advised that Richardson be fired for having underlings pick up cigars for him, and gas up and wash his personal car.

Ferguson says Richardson wasted hundreds of city employees a year for his own benefit, the Sun-Times reported.

But Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne says firing is too harsh of a penalty, and instead gave him a 25-day suspension, the newspaper reported.

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