By Gérald R. Checco
Chief of Staff
Office of Councilmember Mann
Cincinnati Councilmember David Mann is calling for appointment of a commission to clean up city council.
Mann said, “The current crisis is the opportunity for needed reform. We must restore trust in the integrity and commitment to public service of Cincinnati’s elected officials.”
According to Mann’s motion, the proposed commission would consist of a balanced and diverse group of nine leaders not personally involved in development projects with the city. It will be co-chaired by an academic leader and a business leader.
The commission would be charged with nine different areas of review and study and would be asked to develop recommendations no later than May 1, 2021.
The commission would be asked to review any links between campaign contributions and development contracts with the city, particularly developments with significant public investment and incentives including tax abatement. The commission would be asked to address whether contributors to city candidate should be prohibited from city development contracts for 24 months after the last contribution.
The commission also would be asked to recommend any needed amendments to the Charter of the City.
“We have a crisis unlike any I have seen in all my years of service to the City. We must deal with it accordingly.” Mann said.