Questions Surround Firing Of Columbus Transit Director

Mayor Kristen Brown says the decision to remove Chapple was made to “increase the level of professionalism” within the department.

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Mayor Kristen Brown fired the Transit Director, but has refused to comment on why.

Details were hard to come by this afternoon concerning the firing of Columbus Transit Director Sue Chapple.

Late Wednesday afternoon Mayor Kristen Brown released a statement saying Chapple had been relieved of her duties effective immediately, and that a transition leadership plan had been put into place until a permanent replacement is found.

But the statement lacked specifics regarding the firing other than saying the decision was made to “increase the level of professionalism” within the department.

WFIU placed calls to both parties with offer to comment, but neither of those calls were returned.

The now former transit director came under fire last November when FOX 59 reported that a former employee claimed Chapple had frequently misused the city’s Call-A-Bus program, which provides transportation for the elderly and disabled. The former employee claimed Chapple had used the system to provide transportation for friends whom did not qualify for the program, some of whom had drunk driving records.

The report also alleged that Chapple had used city vehicles for non-city business. Former Mayor Fred Armstrong conducted an internal investigation at that time and concluded that the director had not engaged in wrongdoing.

WFIU cannot confirm if Chapple’s firing is related to these previous allegations but will have more on this story as it develops.

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