Last original member of Rob Fordís staff quits

Last original member of Rob Ford’s staff quits

Tom Beyer, the last member of Mayor Rob Ford’s original staff and one of the people who convinced him to run in 2010, left his job on Friday.

Beyer served as a special assistant, manning the front desk and managing Ford’s social media accounts. He told the Star his departure had nothing to do with the controversy that has swirled around his now former boss for the past year.

“It was just right for me in terms of leaving,” said Beyer, adding he’s ready to look for other opportunities.

His name was mentioned several times in police documents related to the ongoing investigation into Ford and some of his associates, dubbed Project Brazen 2. Last week, the Ontario Provincial Police assumed oversight of the probe at the request of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

According to the documents, Beyer and Ford’s friend and occasional driver, Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, called or texted each other about 70 times, as well as met on occasion in person, over the course of several months last year.

Lisi has been charged with extortion for his alleged attempts to retrieve the infamous video that appears to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Allegations in the documents have not been proven in court.

Beyer has previously said Lisi is a “really nice guy” and that their relationship was primarily based on their mutual love of dogs.

On Sunday, he said the Lisi connection “has no bearing whatsoever on my decision to leave the mayor’s office.”

More documents related to a search warrant for phone records could be made public as early as March 19. It is not known whose records police were looking to access, but a source has told the Star that police are interested in the cellphones of Ford and Lisi.

Beyer said he was leaving on good terms, and wished Ford and his staff, who have all been in their jobs for less than a year, nothing but the best.

Ford’s chief of staff, Dan Jacobs, said Ford does not comment on personnel issues, but “wishes Tom all the best in future endeavours.”

Considered one of the most affable and loyal members of Ford’s staff, Beyer said he was the very first member of Ford’s team when he kicked off his run for mayor in 2010.

Last original member of Rob Ford’s staff quits
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yes...I'll second that....tragic
Interesting that it doesn't seem like he has found another job yet. "He’s ready to look for other opportunities."

I wonder what made him decide to leave before locking down another job.
lone wolf
Free Thinker
I suppose "guilt by association" wouldn't be the best thing for a career. Who really believes "You're a great guy but..." or "It's not you.... It's me"?

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