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Richmond Mayor Fires Top Administrator After Nepotism Investigation

City Hall.
City Hall. (Photo: Craig Carper/VPM)

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Wednesday night he has fired his top administrator. 

Selena Cuffee-Glenn had been working as Richmond’s Chief Administrative Officer since 2015 she was hired by former Mayor Dwight Jones. Stoney kept Cuffee-Glenn on when he came into office in 2016. Her firing came after an investigation by the city’s inspector general found five of her relatives had been hired in City Hall in recent years.

“In my opinion, the conduct detailed in this report erodes the public trust, violates the spirit of good governance and has diminished my confidence in the CAO to continue to serve in her role," Stoney said in a statement.

The city’s inspector general began investigating Cuffee-Glenn after receiving a complaint in April. The complaint alleged that the official influenced the hiring of her daughter as an administrative aide. The 22-year-old was paid more than $26 per hour.

According to a copy of the report obtained by VPM, the inspector general found that supervisors felt pressured to hire Cuffee-Glenn’s daughter. They also felt pressured to give her a salary well above the average for her position. 

 

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