PhillyClout has learned that one victim of Monday's budget cuts was the Office of Consumer Affairs. Director Lance Haver's lone staffer was laid off this week. As a result, the office will no longer field consumer complaints.
The office will remain open, but will focus on studying consumer issues, according to the mayor's press office.
We caught Haver on the phone, who said that, at least for now: "we can’t take complaints because we’re not sure we’re going to be able to resolve them."
The Office of Consumer Affairs was created by Mayor John Street in 2003. Haver has run the office since then. Here's a description of the office's duties: