A complaint has been filed by a Cincinnati resident charging that Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman is in violation of Ohio ethics rules. Smiherman is simultaneously holding the positions of city council member and President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAACP, a 501(c)(4) organization.
There is clearly a conflict of interest. Smitherman should either resign from council or more likely resign as President of the local NAACP chapter.
I seem to recall Smitherman recently wanted the city to pay for Ethics classes. Well, Council Member Smitherman appears to not have taken his class yet. Any person with any sense of ethics would see the conflict of being on council and being President of the local NAACP. That leas me to believe that Smitherman lacks ethics. The reasonability test has bee exceeded ten-fold, so this compliant has merit. The city should be investigating Smitherman to make sure he is not in violation of Ohio ethics rules.