A $156,360-a-year deputy district chief has been demoted –– and faces a lengthy suspension along with a paramedic-in-charge for their participation in, yet another timekeeping scam in the Chicago Fire Department.
Sources identified the demoted deputy district chief as Edgar Ignacio Silvestrini, who was in charge of the fire department’s Medical Administration Regulatory Compliance section. The section oversees emergency medical services and is in charge of records training and quality control. The deputy district chief is accused of looking the other way while the paramedic-in-charge under his command left early with “regularity” to attend medical education classes on city time without clocking out appropriately.
Sources familiar with the investigation described the timekeeping scam as “isolated, but serious.”
It’s not the first time taxpayers have been cheated by a timekeeping scam in the Chicago Fire Department.