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.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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