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'Know where their babies are': Smitherman wants parents in on shooting conversation

July 5, 2021 / Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati police officers were already trying to move a crowd of hundreds of youths out of Smale Riverfront Park when gunfire erupted killing two people and injuring three others, said Christopher Smitherman, vice mayor and chair of city council's law and public safety committee.

 

Smitherman said council has worked to supply officers with more equipment to help save lives in the past year.

"Well, they had to use those tourniquets last night in order to save lives,” he said.

Cincinnati honors 2 fallen officers with memorial street renaming

June 25, 2021 / Fox19 

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - City and police officials are honoring the lives of two Cincinnati police officers gunned down in the line of duty 42 years ago. A memorial street renaming ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday for Officers Dennis Bennington and Robert Seiffert. It will take place on the corner of Oak and May streets in Walnut Hills, where a new street sign will be unveiled, Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman’s office announced Thursday.

North Avondale street dedicated in memory of shooting victim

June 12, 2021 / WLWT

CINCINNATI —Cincinnati city leaders honored a shooting victim Saturday who was killed when she was just 18.

Now a stretch of Burton Avenue in North Avondale is named after Robin Pearl II. Pearl was shot and killed on that street in 2015 when she was sitting in the passenger seat of a car. City leaders say she was an innocent victim of gun violence.

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Council Member David Mann joined her family Saturday for the street dedication.

Explaining Issues 1 And 2, The Anti-Corruption Amendments On Cincinnati's May Ballot

April 15, 2021 / WVXU

Issues 1 and 2 on the May ballot in Cincinnati aim to address city council members who are indicted on federal charges related to their jobs on council. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman introduced Issue 1...

Councilman wants to put part of Cincinnati’s stimulus toward police recruit class

March 19 2021 / Fox19

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The City of Cincinnati will get about $290 million under President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, and some councilmembers are hoping to use a part of that to crack down on crime. City Councilman Steve Goodin and Christopher Smitherman have co-sponsored a motion to put some of the city’s stimulus allotment towards a new Cincinnati Police Department recruit class.

'I'll be forever sorry': At a Cincinnati City Council meeting, bickering gives way to an apology and forgiveness

February 3, 2021 / Cincinnati.com

In all that has been written about the Gang of 5 text message saga – which involves a bitterly divided Cincinnati City Council,  illegal text messages between five members, a violation of Ohio law and a criminal investigation –one facet has long been overlooked: the pain of Christopher SmithermanHe's not one of the five councilmembers involved in the 2018 case...

‘Gang of Five’: Vice Mayor calls on city to release more secret texts

January 13 2021 / Fox19

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman is calling on the city of Cincinnati to release more than 2,000 text messages from the so-called “Gang of Five” after three members of council were indicted on federal corruption charges...

Smitherman calls for forensic audit of City Council development votes after arrests

January 5 2021 / WKRC

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman said he will ask for a forensic audit of all council votes relating to development over the past three years. His request follows the arrest and indictment of three Cincinnati City Council members...

Cincinnati Vice Mayor to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine: Fix state ethics commission, other agencies holding politicians accountable

November 24, 2020 / Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman has been speaking out against some of his council colleagues' illegal and unethical behavior for years. It's time others join him, Smitherman told The Enquirer's That's So Cincinnati podcast...

Property Tax Working Group issues recommendations to help Cincinnati's older homeowners

July 23, 2020 / WCPO

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, who co-chaired the working group, said at the end of the meeting that he hasn’t given up on that goal. “I understand the heart of this,” he said. “I will do my best to find the consensus around where we have consensus and try to put something forward...”

Vice Mayor Smitherman: community looking for 'authentic leaders'

May 23, 2020 / WKRC

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati vice mayor Christopher Smitherman says that the Minority Health Strike Force is looking for "the right authentic leaders putting out the right message." Minority communities have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, leaders in the African American community have joined an effort with governor Mike DeWine to address the problem...

'Any parent would make this call.' On anniversary of wife's death, Chris Smitherman announces he won't run for Cincinnati mayor

January 15, 2020 / Cincinnati.com

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman announced Wednesday –  on the anniversary of his wife's death – that he won't run for mayor in 2021. It was a stunning announcement from the longtime Cincinnati politician who was passionate about taking the next step and had already announced his run...

Smitherman Wants 'Gang Of Five' To Pay Legal Fees

January 6, 2020 / WVXU

Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman has resurrected his motion from last year asking that the so-called "Gang of Five" council members reimburse the city for legal fees related to violating the state's open meetings law...