Cincinnati City solicitor

City of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati city solicitor has issued a legal opinion reminding council members to be careful not to violate the Ohio Open Meetings Act.

The memo from Paula Boggs Muething addresses three recent meetings that caused some concern about notifying citizens of public meeting.

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The city of Cincinnati has a new city solicitor, Paula Boggs Muething, and a new trade and  development director, Oscar Bedolla, city manager Harry Black announced Monday.

Boggs Muething is currently general counsel and vice president of community development revitalization at the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority. Before that, she served as a senior assistant city solicitor.

Bedolla has worked in the private sector on large development projects.

Update 10/21 @ 10:00 P.M.:  Besides extending the deadline reported below to accept applications, the city is now making sure the solicitor position is more publicized.

Spokesman Rocky Merz said in an e-mail Tuesday evening the job listing is now being posted on the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) website.  It is also listed on the National Forum for Black Public Administrators website and will be advertised in the Cincinnati Bar Association publication.

As Hamilton County works on the 2015 budget, Commissioner Greg Hartmann is floating an idea he thinks could save money. He'd like to combine the city and county prosecutor offices.

"The city prosecutor's office makes absolutely no sense to me," says Hartmann. "It's an obvious overlap. When I was a county prosecutor I walked into that courtroom on my first day in municipal court and there was another city prosecutor in the same courtroom prosecuting the same crimes that just happened to have been committed in the city limits."