At the same time the batsh*t crazy Council is dreaming up and implementing new and crazy ideas of how to spend our money (read here, here and here), a few Council members are taking seriously the job of governing in Cincinnati: Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn.
This week, they proposed laying off every lawyer in the City and farming out the services they provide to competent professionals. Makes a lot more sense than laying off cops, firefighters and trash collectors, doesn't it?
Even the Enquirer's editorial page is weighing in in favor of the idea.
City prosecutors only appear in Municipal Court each day, prosecuting misdemeanors, and they stand alongside Municipal Court prosecutors from the County Prosecutor's office, wastefully duplicating manpower. City attorneys do not prosecute felonies.
The City Law Department's civil litigation side is, according to COAST's attorneys, marginally competent but willing to endlessly litigate even the simplest issues, and wastefully gamble with taxpayer money instead of settling meritorious claims. This ends up costing taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily annually. Only the transactional team at the City appears more competent and responsive, and perhaps worth saving.
Our COAST hats go off to Christopher Smitherman and Charlie Winburn for this needed, overdue and groundbreaking initiative.
Unfortunately, the other seven, who are seriously nuts, won't give the proposal the attention it deserves.
Read more here.