After several week of City Hall drama, the vice mayor is calling for a return to two-year term limits for City Council.
Five years ago, voters lengthened City Council terms to four years to allow the nine members more time to focus on governing as opposed to politics.
"We've seen the opposite of that," Chris Smitherman said. "What we've seen since the last election is tremendous dysfunction."
Last week, he filed an ordinance for two-year terms.
It comes after several tumultuous weeks at City Hall:
Smitherman said he hopes his ordinance goes before the entire council for a vote within two weeks.
"If they fail to do so," he warned, "me and my team plan to collect the 6,600 signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot. We will be out there all throughout the summer collecting signatures and going to festivals. I am confident with what we've seen with the 'Gang of Five,' residents will sign our petition to place this issue on the ballot."
If it passes, it would take effect in 2021.
"Every four years we are always running with the mayor. Going to two-year terms will really put the public focus on council and not under the shadow of a mayorial race."
Sittenfeld said in response that he has been "so focused on 911 issues, among other urgent things happening, that I haven't had a chance to give term length in-depth consideration at this point."
"As Chair of the committee that oversees all charter reforms, I'll look forward to taking this item up in my committee, along with other charter amendments which my colleagues are starting to bring forward."
Young said he agrees there is dysfunction - but he contends it has nothing to do with length of council terms.
"The dysfunction comes from the way the mayor conducted himself with regard to the charter, with regard to Harry Black and with regard to several other high profile incidents," Young said.
"As far as I can tell, council members appear to be getting along quite well among themselves."
Vice Mayor Smitherman just submitted ordinance for 2 year terms for City Council. The document is now a public document for review. The 2 year term for council would start in 4 years if passed by voters in Nov. @jbakerohio @FOX19 @WCPO @WLWT @Local12 @700wlw @55KRC @JohnCranley— C. Smitherman (@voteSmitherman) April 26, 2018