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City prosecutor retires amid questions of leadership

Cincinnati City Prosecutor Charlie Rubenstein announced his retirement on Friday. (PHOTO: Provided) Cincinnati City Prosecutor Charlie Rubenstein announced his retirement on Friday. (PHOTO: Provided)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Prosecutor Charlie Rubenstein ended his term on Friday after 35 years following calls from a council member to investigate his office.

Rubenstein joined the City Solicitor's office in 1979 and previously served as the Chief Deputy City Prosecutor before being appointed City Prosecutor in 2011.

In October, Cincinnati Council Member Charlie Winburn asked for an outside independent investigation of Rubenstein's office following a case his office prosecuted, in addition to suggesting that eliminating the City's office would save taxpayer dollars.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's office prosecutes misdemeanors inside the county unless a local jurisdiction has its own office, such as Cincinnati. Hamilton County also handles all felonies.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black, however, called prosecuting misdemeanor cases is a core function.

"The City's ability to administer misdemeanor prosecution is a core function of local government. Both the level of enforcement, and the manner in which the laws are enforced, are critically important," Black said in a memo to Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and other council members announcing Rubenstein's retirement. "As such, the City takes its responsibility in this regard seriously. Moving forward, I will be using this transition as an opportunity to find ways to strengthen the City of Cincinnati's efforts to effectively administer misdemeanor prosecution."

Assistant City Solicitor Heidi Rosales will serve as the City's Interim City Prosecutor while the Law Department conducts a search to fill Rubenstein's position.

Rubenstein graduated from Walnut Hills High School, earning his Bachelor's degree from Ohio University and his law degree from the University of Dayton.

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