May 5, 2021 •
Cincinnati Passes two Charter Amendments
Voters passed two charter amendments in Cincinnati by a 3 to 1 margin.
Issue 1 requires the city solicitor to hire a special prosecutor to consider removal of the council member indicted for a crime to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.
Issue 2, introduced by Councilwoman Betsy Sundermann permits removal of an indicted council member with a vote by seven of their fellow council members, and if convicted, five council members can vote to remove within 10 days of the conviction.
A council member who is convicted or pleads guilty automatically forfeits his or her seat.
Issue 2 also makes ethics training mandatory for all council members.
There was previously no process for removal in the Cincinnati Charter and four of the nine council members have been indicted for crimes in the last year.
As soon as the election results were announced, Sundermann called for Councilman Wendell Young to be suspended.
The vote to remove him cannot happen until the Hamilton County Board of Elections certifies the election in about two weeks.
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