Investigation reveals ‘abuse of time’ by city employee at mayor’s church

Public Works Director Emmanuel O. Adediran (left) and Mayor Dwight C. Jones (right).

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A report released Monday by the Richmond Office of the City Auditor has revealed that the city’s Inspector General Umesh Dalal investigation of time spent by Public Works Director Emmanuel O. Adediran during construction of the First Baptist Church second facility, located at 6201 Ironbridge Road in Chesterfield County, was an abuse of time. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones is the senior pastor of the church.

The Office of the Inspector General received a complaint that Adediran, who was interim director of public works at the time, was serving as a project manager in the construction of the new facility. In addition, the complaint said that Adediran spent numerous hours during the city’s workday related to the project.

During the investigation, Adediran told the OIG that he volunteers at the church and serves as an assistant pastor. The report also stated the following:

“Due to lack of records, the investigator could not verify if the Director visited the construction site or attended project related meetings during business hours. However, the investigator found that the Director participated in the church related conference calls. The investigator estimated that the Director spent at least 38 hours during the one and a half year time period. In addition, the Director conducted limited communications using the City’s email system related to the church construction.

“He also indicated that he provides guidance for the church construction project and that he typically spends well in excess of 40 hours a week conducting City business.

“The OIG concludes that the allegation is substantiated. The OIG recommends the Chief Administrative Officer take appropriate action, as deemed necessary.”

The city’s CAO Selena Cuffee-Glenn released the following statement about the situation:

“This worker has assured the City that he only used personal time for matters unrelated to city business. However, out of an abundance of caution, the Mayor has instructed me to take appropriate action in an effort to remove any concern. The employee has been directed to relinquish 38 hours of accrued vacation leave. All parties are in agreement with this action.”

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