Taxicab manager resigns under fire

Taxicab manager resigns under fire

Taxicab manager resigns under fire

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by STUART WATSON / NewsChannel 36

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STUART WATSON / NewsChannel 36

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte's top taxi official has resigned under fire following an exclusive NewsChannel 36 I-Team investigation.

Burhan Al-Shaikh served as the Passenger Vehicles for Hire manager, overseeing all taxicabs, limousines and so-called "black cars" or "town cars."

About four months ago the I-Team broke the story that Al-Shaikh had given taxi driver permits to two felons whose taxi company was recommended for a lucrative contract at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

City spokeswoman Kim McMillan said Al-Shaikh was under no immediate threat of being fired.

But since the first I-Team report some city council members publicly criticized the taxi manager.

The taxicab manager was a civilian employee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and it will be up to the police who, if anyone, should replace him.

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