An exclusive 5 On Your Side hidden camera investigation revealed the second highest paid worker in Cleveland city government commutes 120 miles roundtrip behind the wheel of a new sports utility vehicle paid for by Cleveland water and electric customers.
Public Utilities Director Robert L. Davis was hired in 2015 and earns $200,000 a year to oversee Cleveland Division of Water, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water Pollution Control.
Ratepayers are calling it “too much money”, “fleecing” and “blatant unfairness.”
Davis declined an opportunity for an interview to explain the need for a sports utility vehicle paid for by ratepayers, instead directing his media relations team to issue a statement:
As the Director of Public Utilities, Director Davis is responsible for the operation of three separate utilities that provide service to the City of Cleveland and the region – Cleveland Water, Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Water Pollution Control. This responsibility requires 24 hour availability in order to respond to emergencies that occur throughout the region regularly. His access to a City issued vehicle is standard practice in the utility industry and is critical to supporting the need to respond to emergency situations across a 640 square mile area.