Hartford Officials Weigh City Car Policy After High-Profile Issues | NBC Connecticut

Hartford Officials Weigh City Car Policy After High-Profile Issues

A city worker was charged with DUI after a crash on Saturday.



    Police said Rhonda Moniz-Carroll, a Hartford city employee, was drunk and behind the wheel of a city-owned vehicle when she was involved in a crash.

    When the Hartford City Council meets tonight, they are expected to evaluate the policy for allowing city employees to take home city-owned vehicles and the discussion comes amid some high-profile issues.

    A Hartford Department of Public Works employee was charged with driving under the influence after crashing her city-owned car into another vehicle in Hartford on Saturday night, according to police.

    City Employee Arrested After Crashing City Issued Vehicle

    [HAR] City Employee Arrested After Crashing City Issued Vehicle
    A public works employee for the city of Hartford has been arrested for drunk driving after crashing her city vehicle into another car late Saturday night.Rhonda Moniz-Carroll was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to travel in the proper lane.
    (Published Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013)

    Police said Rhonda Moniz-Carroll, a city employee, was driving the city-owned 2012 Ford Escape, which was totaled in the crash.

    Caitlyn Greenabum, of Hartford, was in the other vehicle and was placed in the intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital after the crash.

    Kupiec Arraignment

    [HAR] Kupiec Arraignment
    Hartford Mayor's former Chief of Staff was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court today for misuse of city SUV.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013)

    This collision is the latest of some high-profile issues connected to city-owned cars.  

    Last month, Andrew Jaffee, the director of emergency services for the city of Hartford, was fired over several problems with how 911 dispatched emergency crews in the city.

    Emergency Services Director Fired

    [HAR] Emergency Services Director Fired
    Hartford's mayor fired Andrew Jaffee, the Director of Emergency Services and Telecommunications, after a series of embarrassing mishaps with 911 dispatchers.
    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013)

    He was also questioned over using his city vehicle to travel to his home in West Suffield, even though he was required to live in Hartford because he served as a department head.

    In July, officials discovered that the mayor’s former chief of staff had been driving his former city car for weeks after leaving his city job.

    City officials have been conducting an audit of all Hartford municipal vehicles.

    If a proposal to limit the use of city-owned vehicles goes through, only the mayor, police chief, fire chief, director of public works and a few city employees would be able to continue using them.

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