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What's Mayor Jackson's executive assistant Martin Flask been doing?

Marty Flask (Source: City of Cleveland) Marty Flask (Source: City of Cleveland)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Martin Flask was Cleveland's public safety director during a deadly 2012 police chase.

Now more than three years after the incident, and one day after six officers were suspended and six others were fired, Cleveland 19 wanted
to know what Flask had been up to in his new position.

Flask was promoted to executive assistant to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson for special projects in February 2014.

The promotion came amidst calls for his and other resignations, a federal probe into the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force, and an internal
investigation into the 2012 chase. 

During the chase, 137 bullets were fired, and Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams died.

During a Tuesday news conference about the discipline taken against Cleveland Police officers for that chase, Flask didn’t address the media or participate in the briefing.

A representative from city hall said that he was in the back of the room, although Cleveland 19 didn’t see him.

Cleveland 19 asked the mayor and or Flask to sit down for an interview, explaining that the purpose of it would be to talk about what Flask has done in his position for the past nearly two years.

The media relations director for the mayor replied to the request, saying, “We are going to decline at this time.”

He did not reply to further questions asking how Cleveland 19 could find out more about the projects Flask was involved in. He also did not reply to questions about when the mayor or Flask would be available to speak on this topic. 

Cleveland 19 went through The City Record, a weekly publication of the actions of the city - that includes every action taken at city council meetings.

Before Flask’s new appointment, he was mentioned repeatedly in the record, doing things like voting and introducing resolutions.

In the 99 editions of The City Record since Flask took the oath of office for his new position, he was only mentioned once in each edition, in the directory of city officials.

Cleveland 19 is waiting for a response to Freedom of Information Act requests to the mayor’s office for things like Flask’s projects.

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