The past indiscretions, both public and private, of the Dimora/Russo era of Cuyahoga County government didn't magically disappear when Ed FitzGerald took office. Every bribe, shady contract, and misdeed informs how business moves forward and serves as the backdrop for voters who watch and judge what happens with the new County Exec.
And new ones are bound to pop up from time to time, which leaves FitzGerald reacting like a parent getting a call from the principal about their kid for the 117th time in one school year. You can see a sigh before and after every statement he gives to the media. [Sigh] "Alright, what did Johnny do this time?" [Sigh]
The Plain Dealer today reports that there are $10,000 in speeding and parking tickets from the former Cuyahoga regime that have been left unpaid. Knowing the fierce oversight, unwavering attention to detail, and world-renowned accountability the Dimora/Russo conglomerate was known for, you probably don't even need to be told that the employees who racked up the bills didn't have to pay them, nor were records kept that would allow the current administration to identify them. Of course not.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald, whose charter government took control of the county in January, recently discovered the backlog of tickets, some dating to 2006. He also discovered that he probably can't bill — or even identify — most of the offending drivers.
"They didn't have a policy that the person that got the ticket had to pay it. It went into a file," FitzGerald said. "It's just incomprehensible to me."
According to the report, most of the tickets were from Cleveland traffic cameras, and most of the fines have been paid... by you and your tax dollars.
FitzGerald told the PD: [Sigh] "We're trying to sort out what they left us with." [Sigh]