CMSD supervisor still on the payroll despite 6th DUI - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

CMSD supervisor still on the payroll despite 6th DUI

Kendall Fortson (Source: Highland Hills Police) Kendall Fortson (Source: Highland Hills Police)

A Cleveland Schools Security Supervisor remains on the job weeks after his sixth DUI, and after a 19 Action News investigation.

His name is Kendall Fortson, a man who has been in prison before for felony drunk driving. He quit Cleveland Schools when he went to prison, but was hired back when he got out.

Fortson was pulled over at Richmond and Harvard Roads after making a left hand turn into the wrong lane and oncoming traffic. He didn't realize what he had done and the police report says he said "really" when an officer told him. He blew 2.5 times the legal limit. A loaded gun was also found in the car.

19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky has learned that Fortson's personnel file is over an inch thick. But what is more interesting is his disciplinary file. It details earlier arrests for drunk driving, reckless operation and criminal trespass.

Orlousky found that when Fortson was arrested in Willoughby Hills for DUI back in 2003, only a tip to the school district allowed higher ups to find out. He had no license and continued to patrol in district vehicles. He was convicted, sentenced to three years and resigned. He got early release after just a few months. He wasn't immediately hired back, but was put back on the CMSD payroll in 2006.

Again, Fortson remains on the payroll on administrative duties after his latest arrest. Because it is his sixth DUI, the County Grand Jury is currently considering a new felony case.

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