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Trumbull Engineer claims cooperation with state investigation

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WARREN, Ohio - Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched the offices of Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith on Thursday.

Jill DelGreco, spokesperson for the Ohio Attorney General's office, tells 21 news that BCI was assisting an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission.

DelGreco would not say what investigators were looking for.

21 News contacted a spokesperson for the Ohio Ethics Commission who told us that it is against state law to comment on any pending investigation.

Smith has not returned our phone calls. However his attorney, Subodh Chandra of Cleveland issued the following statement:

"Randy Smith and his office is cooperating with the Ohio Ethics Commission as they make their inquiry and look forward to working with them to resolve any concerns. The engineer is optimistic that any concerns can be cleared up, as he always taken his ethical obligations as public servant  seriously."

It is not known if the investigation is in any way related to a civil lawsuit filed in Trumbull County Court last week seeking Smith's removal from office.

Kendell Lee Stauffer Jr. of Girard filed the suit claiming that Smith created an unlawful interest in a public contract by hiring a business partner as his Director of Governmental Affairs.

The suit also alleges that Smith falsified his 2007, 2010 and 2011 Financial Disclosure Statements that he filed with the Ohio Ethics Commission.

No hearing date has been set for that lawsuit.

Stay connected with 21 News and WFMJ.COM for the latest on this developing story.

 

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