Mayor Fires 11 Employees Given 'Safe' Jobs By Her Predecessor

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mayor Jane Campbell (pictured, right) has fired 11 people assigned to supposedly "safe" Civil Service jobs after serving in the prior administration of Mayor Michael R. White.

Campbell, who took office Jan. 7, ordered the firings Tuesday and cut the pay or changed job titles for dozens of other workers who were transferred to jobs with Civil Service protection since last April.

Campbell said the transfers violated Civil Service rules.

The shake-up followed a review of 278 hirings, transfers and other changes made in the closing months of the White administration.

Among those fired were the Civil Service chief who helped arrange the new jobs, the city health director, and a community relations worker who was married to one of White's top aides.

Campbell also recommended discipline for an $80,000-a-year accounts commissioner who bought a $99.75 degree from the American College of Metaphysical Theology. She was accused of misrepresenting her education.

An investigation ordered by Campbell found that 233 of the job changes were legal. As part of her review, Campbell ordered her top aides to get Civil Service training to ensure fair hiring practices.

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