Covering Louisiana

Jul 5, 2014 12:10 PM by AP

New Orleans fires troubled taxicab bureau chief

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans has fired the embattled head of its taxicab bureau.

The city made the announcement Friday evening in a three-sentence press release that did not explain why Malachi Hull, who had held the position since 2011, was terminated.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's spokesman, Tyler Gamble, tells NOLA.comThe Times-Picayune that Landrieu asked city Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux to investigate the bureau after the arrests of several its inspectors, and that investigation "factored into this decision."

Quatrevaux's report has not been made public.

Taxi drivers and tour guides have been calling for Hull's ouster for years after incidents resulted in arrests of inspectors on suspicions of fraud and assault.

Safety and Permits Department Director Jared Munster and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Ava Rogers will run the bureau for now.




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