Daley deposed over cousin's firing
January 13, 2006 (WLS) -- Mayor Daley was questioned by attorneys of his cousin Friday. In his deposition, the mayor was asked about the firing of Mark Gyrion from his job with the Chicago Water Department.
Gyrion is suing the city over the firing, claiming he was used as a scapegoat by his cousin, the mayor. This is another case linked to the Hired Truck scandal, and Friday, the mayor was forced to answer questions about it from lawyers hired by a member of his own family.
The mayor is not often deposed in a civil suit. In fact, City Hall resisted the request that he be deposed. The mayor lost that battle, and he was deposed as attorneys for his cousin sought to win his job back.
Gyrion came to the fifth floor of City Hall Friday afternoon with his family and lawyers. He would leave it to his attorneys to depose his second cousin, the mayor. For nearly two hours they questioned the mayor about the circumstances surrounding Gyrion's dismissal two years ago from his superintendent's job as the deputy of water management.
Gyrion was canned after public revelations that his mother-in-law had a trucking firm with lucrative contracts in the city's Hired Truck program.
Gyrion contends that he hadn't hid anything from anybody and the mayor ordered his firing to minimize embarrassment. The city says the mayor did not personally order the firing.
And so the deposition Friday, after which both sides stand by their claims.
"It is hard to believe that the mayor's cousin was terminated without the mayor at least knowing about it," said Jim Kelly, Gyrion's attorney.
"I stand for the truth and what I've said before in the past. I feel I was wrongly terminated and I just want to correct it," said Mark Gyrion, plaintiff.
Corporation Counsel Mara Georges also said that they maintain that the mayor did not have personal knowledge of the decision to fire his cousin nearly two years ago.
Both sides say that the meeting held in an outer conference area of the mayor's office was open and cordial. A good bit of time Friday was spent watching tape of a news conference from nearly two years ago when the dismissal of Gyrion was first announced.
This civil case is likely to go to trial some time in April.
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