Not a happy holiday weekend for several city employees. Law enforcement officials are examining allegations involving the city’s construction management program, according to multiple sources.
So far Art Harris, director of construction management and Dennis Scinto Jr., contract compliance officer, appear in the short term to be employment casualties of the investigation. The city typically does not share information regarding personnel matters made by officials in the Labor Relations Office, and it’s not clear if Harris and Scinto are challenging their employment status. Scinto’s father is the leader of the 134th District in the North End.
In addition, Tom Coble, director of the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization/Anti-Blight Program, has been terminated by the city. He was escorted out of City Hall Annex a few weeks ago by police following a series of allegations including his involvement with the city’s Community Development Block Grant program and a threat made against a city employee.
Coble has been active in city politics for decades. East End District Leader Ralph Ford is his political benefactor. Friction exists between Ford and the mayor’s office over this and several other political issues.
The allegations against Coble were serious enough, city officials summoned police to escort Coble out of the building. The CDBG program, funded by the federal Housing and Urban Development, includes a maze of paperwork. Coble’s work responsibilities came in contact with the program administered by the city’s Central Grants & Community Development.