HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- After being under fire for a crash involving a city owned car, a top city official in Hartford has been taken off the job.
The city says it has nothing to do with the accident and that the change in the Chief operating officer position was planned before the wreck.
"Effectively immediatly I have made a decision that she should return to the cooperation councils," said Mayor Pedro Segarra, (D) Hartford.
While Mayor Segarra says he has been considering the move for a while, it happened without much notice. Sandra Kees-Borges will leave her job as the COO of the city. But some question the timing.
The move leaves the city without a permanent COO.
"We are also in the middle of the recruitment process for a COO. I have asked Al Ilk to take command of the COO's office," said Segarra.
On September 28th, Kees-Borges was in a car accident while driving home from the police department. She was in her city car, her fiance behind the wheel when they were struck.
It raises more questions about city vehicles used for personal business. Kees-Borges was on her way home from the police department after bailing out her son.
She told police that she left straight from an NAACP function to the police department. The function ended between 9:30 and 10 PM. But police security cameras released Thursday catch Kees-Borges going into the police department at 12:47 AM, more than two and half hours later, raising more questions as to her whereabouts.
"Even before that came about, I had been considering that she returns to the cooperation councils office. I think it allows for more structure in the councils office to have somebody clearly identifiable as a person who manages things," said Segarra.
Last month the director of public works was arrested for allegedly drunk driving then fired after she crashed into a car in her city vehicle.
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