Saturday, March 23, 2002

City cracks down on 'take-home' cars

By Gregory Korte,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        As many as 61 city of Cincinnati employees had to find a ride home Friday after Acting City Manager Tim Riordan pulled “take-home” driving privileges for all but three employees with non-emergency vehicles.

        The crackdown on employees who use their city cars to commute came after Councilman Pat DeWine sought information to prepare a budget motion.

        Those who had their “take-home” privileges approved were James Garges, director of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, John F. Deatrick, director of transportation and engineering, and Malcolm Adcock, the health commissioner.

        About a dozen approvals are pending and could come next week. Until then, “the car stays here and they get home a different way,” Mr. Riordan said.

        In all, 217 city employees take cars home, racking up more than a million miles in commutes each year.

        A report by the city manager found that 12 of 13 departments had not complied with the policy requiring workers to keep daily logs of how their take-home cars were being used.

        Police and fire employees have until April 1 to justify their take-home privileges or turn in their cars.


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