The city of Cleveland streets commissioner was demoted this week after a snow-plowing debacle that left many city side-streets buried in snow during back-to-back winter storms.Now, we hate messy streets as much as the next guy — we had to shovel! and some of us took the bus to the office! — but we are: a) Talking about a temporary weather issue here and b) Talking about a fella who, with the exception of that one weekend, apparently had no prior issues on the job, or at least as far as the city spokesman could detail to Cleveland.com. (We've asked the city if there were any other reasons for the demotion and will update when they respond. And city council, to its credit, continues to go even harder on Jackson for the DOJ report, except the results aren't quite the same as with snow plow guy, as you'll see in a second.)
In a written statement, Wednesday, city spokesman Dan Williams said the mayor demoted Rob Mavec upon determining that snow removal crews "did not perform our services well" during the squalls that dumped more than a foot of snow on the region.
Mavec, who served as the commissioner of both streets and traffic engineering, no longer will oversee street crews, Williams said.
The investigation by six Justice Department lawyers, plus several independent policing experts, found that systemic deficiencies and practices haunt the city's police department. The problems include insufficient accountability, inadequate training, ineffective policies, and inadequate engagement with the community.Not to mention a "pattern and practice" of use of force that violates various civil rights laws.
First of all, Mr. Mavec was not demoted. He was previously the Commissioner of Streets and Traffic Engineering. He was filling in as the commissioner for both which is a huge undertaking.
He has been placed back as the Commissioner of Traffic Engineering which is his area of expertise. There was no demotion involved here.
We all felt that our performance during the recent storm was below our level of expectation. We evaluated our performances and determined we needed to improve on the delivery of service and stick to the Systematic Approach for snow removal. During this last snow event we did exactly that and we were able to stay ahead of the storm and made sure as soon as the main roads were cleared, began the aggressive and systematic approach to our residential streets.
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