Cleveland City Hall spending big money on SUVs used by the mayor’s security detail

CLEVELAND (WJW) – A FOX 8 I-Staff investigation has uncovered Cleveland Metropolis Corridor spending large cash on new wheels and extra for SUVs utilized by the mayor’s safety element.

We requested why, and whereas it looks as if a easy query, we needed to do loads of digging to get solutions.

The I-Staff took footage of SUVs parked at metropolis corridor within the house utilized by the safety element for the mayor. We took word of the paint and the wheels.

Metropolis information present three SUVs utilized by the element for Mayor Justin Bibb all bought, “Four new polished aluminum wheels.”

One SUV additionally bought a brand new paint job.

But, the information present the autos are from 2020 and 2021.

Complete value for the enhancements provides as much as nearly $20,000. That additionally embrace top-notch ground mats.

We confirmed the information to neighborhood activist Fay Harris.

“I say that’s a bit excessive. To me, it’s a waste of money,” she stated.

Harris spoke of what she considers higher makes use of for that cash.

“Parks and rec for the children for the summer. It could be for scholarships for the kids. It could be meals for the homeless,” she stated.

Metropolis Councilman Brian Kazy reacted with, “You don’t have to look good rolling around the city of Cleveland. You’ve just got to roll around the city of Cleveland.”

Kazy factors out the element for former Mayor Frank Jackson drove him round in a automotive and that EMS crews drive previous ambulances, even breaking down at occasions whereas carrying sufferers.

Kazy added, “You’re spending $20,000 on vehicles less than two years old on vanity for yourself.”

So, what does the mayor should say about this? 

We appeared again and, in no less than six emails, we instructed his employees that we needed to speak to him in regards to the autos.  It by no means occurred.

Once we went into metropolis corridor, we had been stopped and instructed we would have liked an appointment to get right into a public constructing.

In a single e-mail, a spokesperson wrote, “One of Mayor Bibb’s requests was for vehicles that would allow him to travel with his team of advisors. Traveling with his team of advisors allows him to receive in person briefings and communications directly with members of his cabinet as he works to be present in the city that elected him. To accommodate the mayor’s request, the department transferred three Chevy Tahoes to the mayor’s office, receiving in exchange the former mayor’s Ford sedans. Upgrades were made to Tahoes for the mayor’s safety and privacy.”

Nonetheless, that’s a tricky promote on the road.

Fay Harris added, “I don’t think its necessary to put all that into three SUVs.”

Regardless of the way you see this, on the coronary heart of it’s merely the price of what’s been finished to these autos.

But, it took the I-Staff 5 information requests and two dozen emails to get solutions from metropolis corridor.

And, even then, we didn’t get all of our questions answered.

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