Boston’s chief taxi regulator, whose department is under fire for its haphazard oversight of the city’s $1 billion cab industry, has been suspended for alleged misconduct with a Boston Police Department employee.
Mark Cohen, who has been regulating city taxis since the 1980s, has been placed on paid leave from his $110,000-a-year position as the civilian director of licensing for the Police Department.
Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said Friday that Cohen will not return until completion of an internal inquiry into a reported heated exchange between Cohen and an employee of the Hackney Carriage Unit, which Cohen directs.
In a related development, Davis said he has opened an investigation into the apparent mismanagement of funds intended to aid the families of taxi drivers who die on duty, money that was collected by Cohen’s unit and that is now unaccounted for.
The missing bereavement fund money and a lopsided system of enforcement by Cohen’s department which regularly punishes drivers but abides egregious conduct by cab owners were among the central findings of a nine-month Globe Spotlight Team investigation.
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