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19 Action News investigations lead water department to fire security chief

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Two 19 Action News investigations have led the Cleveland Water Department to fire their chief of security.

William Tell received a letter outlining the punishment last week.

Tell had been the top security manager for the system, overseeing 50 officers.

The Cleveland water system serves a large part of northeast Ohio.

The security chief lost his job because twice 19 Action News exposed gates to water plants as being broken, left wide open, and unguarded, even though the city had made huge investments in homeland security to protect its water supply.

Last September we found a main gate broken and unguarded at the Kirtland plant. And last month, we found a main gate broken and unguarded at the Garrett Morgan plant.

Reporter Ed Gallek has obtained the disciplinary letter and it says in both cases, the city found out about the gates from 19 Action News. Tell had not notified his bosses, and in the most recent case, the letter says he left the gate unguarded because of concerns about overtime.

While it cost William Tell his job, the problems are also costing ratepayers. One gate cost $68,000 to repair and the other is estimated to cost $25,000 to fix.

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