The city of Toledo now says three people have been fired after a city-owned Jeep was left parked on top of headstones at Forest Cemetery.
The city says the driver of the car at the time and two passengers have been let go. All were participants in a federal program run by the Lucas County Empowerment Corporation. The city says the three did not have permission to drive the vehicle.
A viewer contacted Toledo News Now after seeing the Jeep on the headstones in the cemetery.
The city released the below statement Friday.
Each year hundreds of income qualified Lucas County youth gain work experience and earn income through a federally funded program. In Toledo this is being coordinated by the Lucas County Empowerment Corporation (LCEP). To date, more than 1300 participant applications and 136 Worksite applications have been received. There are more than 700 local youth currently working and benefiting from this opportunity.
The City of Toledo participates in the program, one location where these employees are assigned to is Forest Cemetery. On Monday, June 2nd an incident occurred where a City vehicle was driven in the cemetery by a summer worker. The worker was attempting to drive the vehicle, without permission, to a drop off point within the cemetery and veered off the driveway. The worker and two others who were in the vehicle have been released from employment and a notice of discipline has been issued to a City of Toledo employee for a lack of reporting associated with the incident.
A request for the vehicle to be towed due to the incident creating a flat tire was made by a City of Toledo employee shortly after the incident at 3:10 p.m.
The media was alerted several hours after the incident, the City's Fleet & Facility staff arrived and removed the vehicle on June 2nd and the grave markers that were disturbed were reset the following day by City of Toledo employees. There was no damage to the markers.
The City of Toledo employee who was responsible for supervising the LCEP staff received a written warning for leaving the keys in the vehicle and for not notifying either a manager or commissioner of the incident.
The City of Toledo and LCEP are working together to assess if additional supervisory controls are needed. They both look forward to proceeding with this relationship which benefits the youth in our community and helps the City with seasonal summer staffing.
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