August 10, 2015 2:21 pm -

[su_center_b]Geoffrey ToliverIt only took New York City eighteen months to try formally removing a man they did not know was dead from his job. Freakout Nation brings us the latest tale of government bureaucratic incompetence:

Medicaid-eligibility specialist Geoffrey Toliver, 65, had a very good reason for missing work. He’s dead.

New York City moved to fire an employee for missing about 18 months of work but it would be difficult for him to show up at his job after Dec. 8th since that is the date of his death.

Bureaucrats at the Human Resources Administration filed charges against Toliver accusing him of going AWOL — even though his death by cancer was reported in an online obituary, according to the New York Post.

An administrative-law judge then agreed to firing Toliver because he didn’t show up at his hearing.

Toliver’s friends described him as a the father of three who was a dedicated worker.

“How do you fire a man who is already dead? He deserves better. The agency itself should have known,” said Ted Willbright, who added that he considered Toliver as a brother.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.