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Trumbull County Engineer seeks dismissal of removal lawsuit

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Attorneys for Trumbull Engineer Randy Smith have filed a motion seeking dismissal of a civil lawsuit that claims Smith violated state law.

The suit, filed by an employee of the engineer's office, seeks to have Smith removed from his post.  The suit alleges that Smith violated Ohio law by hiring his business partner Donald Barzak, and allowing Smith's private business to perform work for the Trumbull County Health Department after he was appointed to office.

In his motion to dismiss the  lawsuit, lawyers for Smith say Barzak was not a business partner. They claim that Smith was allowed to do the work by statute, since it was completed 6 months after he took office.

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

A visiting Judge from Stark County has been assigned to hear the case.

A few days after that lawsuit was filed, state agents assisting the Ohio Ethics Commission, seized documents, and other items from Smith's office. It is not known if that investigation is related to the civil lawsuit.

Smith's attorney has told 21 news the Engineer is cooperating with the investigation and looks forward to resolving any concerns.

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