by Ben Joravsky
Yesterday Mayor Daley weighed in on Christopher Kozicki, the former building department employee who got a cushy job with the planning department after testifying in former patronage chief Robert Sorich's corruption trial last year. During the trial Kozicki admitted to having altered the rating of the 19-year-old son of a high-ranking union official to ensure that he'd be hired as a city building inspector. Pointing out that this had endangered public safety, city inspector David Hoffman recommended in December that Kozicki be fired.
Pish posh, the mayor now replies. Firing Kozicki might deter other city employees from participating with prosecutors in corruption investigations, and we can't have that, can we?
So Kozicki--who got his original city post through the mayor's brother, Cook County commisioner John Daley--gets to keep his $130,000 job, though no one seems to know what he does or how he's qualified.
Meanwhile Sorich, another Bridgeport native son, and two other former city officials convicted in the corruption trial are free on bond pending their appeals. So-called appeal bonds are rarely issued, and when they are, attorneys say, it's a sign that a conviction is likely to be overturned.