Smitherman & Sundermann Discuss Issues 1 & 2, The Anti-Corruption Reforms On May Ballot
After the indictments of multiple Cincinnati City Council members, local voters will get the chance to weigh in on how members of council could be removed from office if future corruption cases arise. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Council Member Betsy Sundermann have both introduced charter amendments addressing corruption.
Issue 1 on the May ballot, introduced by Smitherman, adds a special prosecutor in cases where there is statewide action to remove a councilmember from office. Issue 2, introduced by Sundermann, gives council the authority to suspend a member internally.
Last Thursday, a fourth council member, Wendell Young was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with records. Three others - P.G. Sittenfeld, Jeff Pastor and Tamaya Dennard - were replaced on council last year after they all faced bribery charges.
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