Report: Streets And San Official Suspended, But Keeps Job

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.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

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.

  • yeaok

    At least coffey and royko would write a good article once in a while. There are alot of city employees that do good work everyday. Making peoples lives better and trying to keep this city moving forward. I cant recall this woman writing anything good about anyone! Why not write about northbrook,willmette or where ever it is you live. Or just read some old coffey articles and take a lesson from them. So a boss had one of his people go for cigars,wow thats brutal. How dare he!! I give mister Byrne alot of credit. What a good boss.Discipline is one thing, but taking someones livelyhood away is another!


      I have a hard time understanding your thoughts that the writer of this article had any thing to do with the turd being a thief. I’ll bet the turd is also blaming the writer for his suspension. The only thing that makes sense in any of your statement is the fact,that yes there are some honest,hard working, common folk working for the city. The sad fact of the matter is this “good boss” that thinks the thief getting fired is too harsh! How about the turd needs to spend some time in jail for breaking the law and getting caught,not sitting at home for 25 days like he is on vacation. Do all of us a favor,if there’s every any chance of getting these crooked people like the “good boss” and the turd out of their positions of power and comfort,we need you to please stay home on election day. The never ending cycle and the wheel will never stop turning if you keep voting these crooks into office. I suppose you voted for Rahm too,didn’t you.


    My oh my,isn’t this just Chicago? A city, cigar smoking, turd, makes $142,000 a year and that’s not enough for him. He wants a porter and a butler that will support him and his position in life.The real focus on this piece of typical Chicago City Democrat run news is the fact the “Boss” says firing is too harsh of a penalty. Kind of makes you wonder who the turd is related too doesn’t it? And the wheel goes round,and round,and round.

  • skeptic

    The article doesn’t specify-but i would be willing to bet, that the suspension is WITH pay!!

    • MM

      Oh yeah, guaranteed with pay. So he basically just got a 25-day vacation. Good job guys, way to teach him a lesson.

  • limod

    Firing too harsh?!?!? He should be prosecuted for theft of services!!

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