Alderman Joe Moore says he wants to set the record straight. That’s why he wrote a lengthy letter to his 49th ward constituents today, to tell them he has done nothing wrong.
Moore says the allegations against him are baseless, and that the City of Chicago Legislative Inspector General, Faisal Khan, is on a witch hunt.
It was a week and a half ago that Khan released a report stating that the progressive, reform-minded North Sider abused his authority by firing a staff member for blowing the whistle on political campaign work done in the ward office. The report also concludes that Moore fired his chief of staff and provides 81 days of severance pay.
On his website and in an email to 13,000 Ward residents, Moore is answering those charges. As for the severance pay, he says he was trying to be a good employer in a bad economy.
As for the allegation about the whistleblower, Moore says she didn’t know how to get along with others and was responsible for a toxic office environment.