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Cleveland fire chief will not be charged for campaigning on Mayor Jackson's behalf

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 18:16:02-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Fire Chief will not be charged after more than 700 firefighters called for his immediate removal and prosecution of Chief Angelo Calvillo for campaigning on behalf of Mayor Frank Jackson during his re-election campaign in 2017.

Calvillo's lawyer, Larry Zukerman, said the prosecutor decided not to prosecute the chief based upon the law and facts presented to him after a thorough investigation.

"This decision is even more meaningful now that we’re celebrating our freedom during the Thanksgiving holiday season," Zukerman said.

During a Sept. 14, 2018 deposition involving a separate matter, Calvillo admitted to soliciting signatures for the mayor. In addition, records show that the chief circulated nomination petitions for the mayor on multiple days in February and March 2017, according to legal counsel retained by the firefighters.

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