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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Two Cleveland Officials Suspended Without Pay for Bypassing Security at Hopkins Airport

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 3:10 PM

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Back on Oct. 25, City of Cleveland Chief of Operations Darnell Brown left his laptop in his car at Hopkins. Trouble was he'd already been through airport security and he was worried about retrieving it and making his way back through the TSA inspection and still making his flight.

Of two obvious options — leave the computer or go get it and risk missing his flight — Brown took option three, which was to have Assistant Director of Port Control Fred Szabo take him around security.

The pair got caught for the big no-no, and after initially issuing a vague release saying that two unnamed city employees were suspended with pay following a security incident at the airport, the city identified the men and conducted a review, the results of which were announced today.

Szabo, the number two guy at the airport, will be suspended for 10 days without pay and Brown will be suspended for five days without pay. Additionally, for Szabo, "the following airport-authorized privileges are suspended for 90 days: escort privileges, on-airfield driving privileges and bypass access privileges."

City Hall is having itself a month. 

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