FEATURED PHOTO: CLEVELAND FIRE CHIEF ANGELO CALVILLO
Firehouse.com, By Eric Heisig-The Plain Dealer, Posted August 13th 2019
Firefighters are demanding Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo be fired and criminally charged for campaigning for Mayor Frank Jackson in 2017.
Firefighters for the city of Cleveland on Wednesday demanded that Chief Angelo Calvillo be removed from his job and criminally charged for campaigning for Mayor Frank Jackson’s re-election bid in 2017.
The firefighters say Calvillo violated the city’s charter, which bars civil-service employees from political activity. The charter prohibits civil-service employees from circulating and obtaining petition signatures for an election or candidate for public office, according to a news release from the law firm Diemert & Associates and the International Association of Firefighters Local 93.
Certified copies of nominating petitions for Jackson’s campaign for his fourth term showed Calvillo worked on behalf of the mayor in February and March 2017, the release says. Calvillo also admitted in a deposition for a separate matter that he solicited signatures for Jackson, the release says.
Complaints have been filed with the Cleveland Civil Service Commission, law director and prosecutor. The charter demands “immediate forfeiture of office and employment,” and a misdemeanor conviction for anybody who violates that provision, the release says.
“To allow such a person to continue serving in the top position of our Department would be a travesty of justice and further erode the respect from the men and women who put their lives on the line daily for the protection of our citizens and their property,” Fran Lally, the firefighters union’s president, said in the news release.
Joe Diemert, an attorney for the firefighters’ union, said he met last week with Safety Director Michael McGrath and a city lawyer last week, who do not consider Calvillo’s actions to have violated civil service or city rules.
A city spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone call last Wednesday.
Cleveland.com reporter Robert Higgs contributed to this story.