Andy Green at the Baltimore Sun has a great editorial in today’s Second Opinion, detailing the firing of corrupt HABC housing inspector Algie Epps, and the circumstances that led up to his firing:
When he was hired in 2005 as a housing inspector, the city does not appear to have conducted a “criminal history investigation” — a basic background check — that is required by law. Had it done one, or even performed a simple Google search, it would have found that he stood accused of falsifying sick leave forms while at the Department of Corrections and had been fired from that job as a result.
Mr. Epps failed to meet the education or experience requirements for any of the jobs he held at the housing department.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, according to the editorial — Epps also falsified his social security number and name — and was given a promotion. But this still isn’t the worst of it — what really stands out is the response by Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano:
Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano wrote in his reply to Mr. McClintock’s report that the department should stop requiring housing inspectors to obtain special enforcement officer status, He lamented the need to fire Mr. Epps and suggested that the whole thing was prompted by complaints from “another agency that had been for years permitting the same to occur.” He also said that, given the applicant pool for entry-level jobs, the city has to recognize and accept “a varying degree of experience.” (Emphasis ours)
A varying degree of experience, maybe. Blatant fraud, never. That may be acceptable to Mr. Graziano, and perhaps his continued tenure should be an agenda item for every person who decides to run for public office in Baltimore City.