August 27, 2015 •
Cleveland Councilman Being Investigated by State Ethics Commission
City Councilman Joe Cimperman is being investigated by the Ohio Ethics Commission about his involvement in city contracts awarded to LAND Studio, a design firm where his wife works.
Records indicate Cimperman has sponsored and voted in favor of ordinances awarding city contracts to LAND Studio, as well as sponsoring resolutions supporting applications by the firm for state grant money to buy land for the Lake Link Trail project.
Under state law, it is a fourth-degree felony if an official uses his or her authority or influence to obtain a contract in which the official, a family member, or a business associate has an interest.
Cimperman has stated he either abstained from votes related to LAND Studio or only voted on such legislation following clearance by the city law department.
Photo of Joe Cimperman courtesy of theciviccommons on Wikimedia Commons.
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