Mayor Fires Top Officer

Nepotism alleged in administrative officer's firing

September 18, 2019 - 8:46 pm

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Richmond, VA _ Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced late Wednesday that he has fired his chief adminstrator following a highly critical Inspector General's report alleging nepotism.  The report showed that five of Chief Administrative Officer Selena Cuffee-Glenn's relatives have been hired by departments she has overseen, including her daughter. 

The Mayor issued the following statement Wednesday evening:

“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.”


Levar M. Stoney