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Airport security chief fired over sexual harassment allegations

Chicago’s O Hare International Airport security chief was fired Thursday over sexual harassment allegations, the city said.

Jeffrey Redding was canned for not disclosing his firing from the Illinois Tollway six months ago, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times[1].

His department faced backlash recently after four aviation officers were caught on video dragging 69-year-old David Dao from a United Airlines flight on April 9. The newspaper reported that the scandal was not the reason for his firing.

At Illinois Tollway, Redding was accused of sexually harassing a female toll collector. He had proposed sex and money to her in exchange for work-related favors, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Simon the giant bunny was alive when plane arrived in Chicago [2]

Airport Security Chief Fired Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Jeffrey Redding, former O’Hare Airport Security Chief, was fired on Thursday for not disclosing sexual harassment allegations.

(LinkedIN)

Aviation Department spokeswoman Lauren Huffman confirmed Redding’s firing to the newspaper.

Effective today, Jeffrey Redding has been terminated from his duties at the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA). Aviation Security Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zator will oversee safety and security operations for the CDA in the interim,” the statement read.

Tags: chicago[3] sexual harassment[4] sex crimes[5]

Airport Security Chief Fired Weeks After Doctor Dragged Off United …

Airport Security Chief Fired Weeks After Doctor Dragged Off United ... City officials Thursday fired Jeffrey Redding, the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. View Full Caption[1]

File photo; Linked In

CHICAGO City officials Thursday fired the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. Jeffrey Redding was terminated from his $118,020-a-year position with the Aviation Department, effective immediately, according to a statement from spokeswoman Lauren Huffman. Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zator will oversee the 292-officer security force on an interim basis, Huffman said.

Redding’s dismissal comes a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “nothing and nobody is sacrosanct”[2] in the investigation of the security force prompted by the media firestorm that resulted after Aviation Department security officers injured a Louisville doctor[3] by dragging him off a United flight on April 9.

RELATED: United Settles With Doctor Dragged Off Plane, But Amount Is ‘Confidential’[4]

The Tribune[5] reported April 21 that Redding was fired by the Illinois Tollway after officials received complaints that he sought sex and money in exchange for work-related favors. Redding acknowledged to the newspaper that he had a consensual relationship with a female toll collector, but said that was not the reason he was terminated. Redding also denied he coerced the woman into having sex or giving him money. The city’s statement Friday gave no reason for Redding’s dismissal, and representatives of the mayor’s office and the Aviation Department did not respond to questions from DNAinfo.

Three officers involved in the incident have been suspended with pay[6]. Aviation Commission Ginger [7]Evans[8] has apologized for the fracas that broke Dr. David Dao’s nose, knocked out two of his front teeth and gave him a concussion. Emanuel called the conduct of the security officers “totally, all-around unacceptable.” Emanuel said Evans was due to complete a top-to-bottom review of airport security by May 5.

A proposal by 15th Ward Ald. Ray[9] Lopez[10] to fold the 292-officer Aviation Department security force which costs the city $19 million annually into the Chicago Police Department is pending in the City Council. Emanuel does not support that effort.

The Sun-Times[11] reported that Redding was fired for failing to disclose that sexual harassment allegations prompted the tollway to fire him.

References

  1. ^ City officials Thursday fired Jeffrey Redding, the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. (www.dnainfo.com)
  2. ^ Rahm Emanuel said “nothing and nobody is sacrosanct” (www.dnainfo.com)
  3. ^ injured a Louisville doctor (www.dnainfo.com)
  4. ^ RELATED: United Settles With Doctor Dragged Off Plane, But Amount Is ‘Confidential’ (www.dnainfo.com)
  5. ^ Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com)
  6. ^ suspended with pay (www.dnainfo.com)
  7. ^ Ginger (www.dnainfo.com)
  8. ^ Evans (www.dnainfo.com)
  9. ^ Ray (www.dnainfo.com)
  10. ^ Lopez (www.dnainfo.com)
  11. ^ Sun-Times (chicago.suntimes.com)

Airport Security Chief Fired Weeks After Doctor Dragged Off United Flight

Airport Security Chief Fired Weeks After Doctor Dragged Off United Flight City officials Thursday fired Jeffrey Redding, the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. View Full Caption[1]

File photo; Linked In

CHICAGO City officials Thursday fired the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. Jeffrey Redding was terminated from his $118,020-a-year position with the Aviation Department, effective immediately, according to a statement from spokeswoman Lauren Huffman. Assistant Commissioner Kevin Zator will oversee the 292-officer security force on an interim basis, Huffman said.

Redding’s dismissal comes a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said “nothing and nobody is sacrosanct”[2] in the investigation of the security force prompted by the media firestorm that resulted after Aviation Department security officers injured a Louisville doctor[3] by dragging him off a United flight on April 9.

RELATED: United Settles With Doctor Dragged Off Plane, But Amount Is ‘Confidential’[4]

The Tribune[5] reported April 21 that Redding was fired by the Illinois Tollway after officials received complaints that he sought sex and money in exchange for work-related favors. Redding acknowledged to the newspaper that he had a consensual relationship with a female toll collector, but said that was not the reason he was terminated. Redding also denied he coerced the woman into having sex or giving him money. The city’s statement Friday gave no reason for Redding’s dismissal, and representatives of the mayor’s office and the Aviation Department did not respond to questions from DNAinfo.

Three officers involved in the incident have been suspended with pay[6]. Aviation Commission Ginger [7]Evans[8] has apologized for the fracas that broke Dr. David Dao’s nose, knocked out two of his front teeth and gave him a concussion. Emanuel called the conduct of the security officers “totally, all-around unacceptable.” Emanuel said Evans was due to complete a top-to-bottom review of airport security by May 5.

A proposal by 15th Ward Ald. Ray[9] Lopez[10] to fold the 292-officer Aviation Department security force which costs the city $19 million annually into the Chicago Police Department is pending in the City Council. Emanuel does not support that effort.

The Sun-Times[11] reported that Redding was fired for failing to disclose that sexual harassment allegations prompted the tollway to fire him.

References

  1. ^ City officials Thursday fired Jeffrey Redding, the head of the security force charged with protecting passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports. (www.dnainfo.com)
  2. ^ Rahm Emanuel said “nothing and nobody is sacrosanct” (www.dnainfo.com)
  3. ^ injured a Louisville doctor (www.dnainfo.com)
  4. ^ RELATED: United Settles With Doctor Dragged Off Plane, But Amount Is ‘Confidential’ (www.dnainfo.com)
  5. ^ Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com)
  6. ^ suspended with pay (www.dnainfo.com)
  7. ^ Ginger (www.dnainfo.com)
  8. ^ Evans (www.dnainfo.com)
  9. ^ Ray (www.dnainfo.com)
  10. ^ Lopez (www.dnainfo.com)
  11. ^ Sun-Times (chicago.suntimes.com)