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Calling all cars 

When Mayor Shirley Franklin ordered the recall of all the city's vehicles and cell phones, she showed just how monumentally screwed up the culture at City Hall had become under her predecessor, Bill Campbell.

Peggy McCormick, co-chair of Franklin's transition team, says the procedures for using city cars varied from department to department and the Franklin administration isn't sure which city employees even have cars.

An inventory team will match the cars to a list kept by the Bureau of Motor Transport and "if we have any missing vehicles, then we will pursue those," she says.

As for the cell phones, the city knows it has more than 500, and there is a list of phone numbers and to whom they belong. But there was no set policy about how the phones were supposed to be used, and the mayor, caught in a budget crunch, thought it would be best to recall all the cell phones until a standard procedure is developed.

Franklin estimates that both round-ups will save the city at least $100,000 per year.

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