Mayor Stoney fires top administrator following Inspector General probe


Cuffee-Glenn to 8News on Thursday: "I love working for the City of Richmond."

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney fired Selena Cuffee-Glenn, the city’s chief administrative officer, on Wednesday following an investigation from Inspector General James Osuna on city employees who may have benefited from nepotism. Stoney appointed Lenora Reid, the current deputy chief administrative officer for finance and administration, as the city’s interim chief administrative officer.

8News briefly spoke with Cuffee-Glenn Thursday outside her house. She declined to discuss the mayor’s decision but did say, “I love working for the City of Richmond.”

A report dated Sept. 18, 2019, was sent to Stoney after the Office of the Inspector General “completed an investigation as it relates to the hiring of relatives of an Administration Official.” The “Administration Official” in the report refers to Cuffee-Glenn.

Images of the report were shared with 8News after the mayor’s announcement. The inspector general’s office stated in the report that during the course of its probe, investigators learned that “several relatives” of Cuffee-Glenn may be working for the city.

According to the report, Cuffee-Glenn agreed to an interview with investigators “in regard to the hiring of his/her son/daughter and other family members.” Cuffee-Glenn denied any knowledge that her child was hired by the City of Richmond or any direct involvement in the hiring process for any family members.

The Office of the Inspector General concluded after the investigation that the allegation made against Cuffee-Gleen were “partially substantiated in that Supervisors felt obligated to approve the Administration Official’s son/daughter’s salary at a higher level in terms of compensation due to the relationship to the Administration Official.”

Stoney said he was “both concerned and deeply disappointed” in a statement regarding his decision to fire Cuffee-Glenn:

In May, after I learned that a relative of the Chief Administrative Officer had gained employment with the city, I met with then-Inspector General Lou Lassiter and pledged that my administration would fully cooperate with a review of the circumstances surrounding the process that accompanied the hiring and compensation. Earlier this week, I was briefed on the results of that review by current Inspector General James Osuna, and I was both concerned and deeply disappointed by its findings.

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. As such, the city has separated the CAO from employment and I have appointed Lenora Reid, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Finance and Administration, to serve as Interim CAO until an acting CAO is approved by the Richmond City Council.”

Mayor Levar M. Stoney

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