CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 19 News was first to report that Andrew Girard, a mechanic for the city of Cleveland, was on the job and getting paid for months while there was an active warrant out for his arrest.
The city launched an internal investigation after we started asking questions about the case.
Girard was picked up by Parma Police in August on a burglary charge.
Parma Police said he broke into a house he had been evicted from just days before. After he failed to appear at a court hearing in October, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Time sheets showed he was getting paid for months while a warrant was out for his arrest, and that he went to work the day the warrant was issued.
Girard was arrested again on March 30 and released from jail 10 days later. Records showed on days Girard was behind bars or had court hearings, he called out sick, or used vacation or personal time.
The city requires employees to report both criminal charges and convictions, but Girard’s personnel file does not indicate he did so.
When 19 News first reported on Girard, city officials refused to say if he was still on the job.
New time sheets showed he was placed on paid leave after we started asking questions. That internal investigation the city launched is still ongoing.
City leaders won’t give any other comments right now. As soon as we learn more, we’ll let you know.
19 News uncovered Girard’s case after a previous 19 News investigation uncovered convicted felons are working for the city of Cleveland.