A 9 Member Commission Tasked to Clean Up City Council Is Now In Place…
Cincinnati City Council, led by Councilman David Mann, who is running for mayor, unanimously voted late last year to create a commission that will do an independent assessment of past Cincinnati city development deals. On January 27, 2021, the “Commission to Clean Up City Council” was announced. The commission members include Ohio’s former top ethics officer, his former chief of staff and two people long involved with Cincinnati development deals.
- Ann Marie Tracey: (Chair) Retired Hamilton County Common Pleas judge; professor emeritus, Xavier University; former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; former chairwoman of the Ohio Ethics Commission.
- Verna Williams: Dean and Nippert Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law
- Alicia Bond Lewis: Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
- Dan Schimberg: President, Uptown Rental Properties LLC
- Bobbi Dillon: Senior manager, state government relations, Procter & Gamble Company
- KZ Smith: Senior pastor, Corinthian Baptist Church
- Bernadette Watson: Retired public information officer for the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Health Department; former chief of staff for then-Mayor Charlie Luken
- Tim Burke: President, Manley Burke LPA; former chairman, Hamilton County Democratic Party
- Guy Guckenberger: Judge, Hamilton County Municipal Court; former Cincinnati council member and Hamilton County commissioner
Last year three sitting Cincinnati city council members were arrested on charges that allege they participated in pay-to-play schemes. None of the three arrests are related to each other.
“We have a crisis unlike any I have seen in all my years of service to the city,” Mann said in a statement released Wednesday. “We must deal with it accordingly.”
David Mann for Cincinnati Mayor
I have served this community as councilman, mayor, member of congress and, most recently, as vice mayor and chair of the budget and finance committee. In this most challenging time of unrest and the coronavirus, experience and wisdom count more than ever before. Humbly, I believe that my years of public service have prepared me to be mayor in this particularly challenging moment. I ask for your help on this journey.
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