Former Cincinnati solicitor John Curp is leaving city government to return to private practice.
Curp will be joining the Blank Rome law firm to work with clients on issues involving local, state and federal governments. He starts his new position Tuesday.
Interim City Manager Scott Stiles removed Curp as solicitor in January just more than a month into the new term of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. After his demotion, he was assigned to work as the general counsel for the Water Works/MSD/Storm water combined utility.
Two Cincinnati Council Members are complaining about this week's demotion of John Curp from city solicitor to chief counsel for MSD and the Water Works.
P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach questioned Interim City Manager Scott Stiles about the personnel move he announced Tuesday in a memo. Seelbach said he thinks Stiles made his decision based on the wishes of Mayor John Cranley or perhaps some council members.
"To me it just seems incredibly fishy, incredibly political and incredibly wrong and against our city charter," Seelbach said.
The City of Cincinnati and Progress Ohio are trying to put an incident behind them involving police confiscation of cameras at a Steve Chabot Town Hall meeting in Avondale last year.
Two political activists at the North Avondale Community Center last year wanted to record the Republican Representative and his position on various issues. Cincinnati Police wrongly took their cameras at the instruction of Chabot's staff-members. The City has apologized.