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OH: Richmond Heights rehires former employees fired by ousted mayor

It’s almost back to normal for a small Ohio city rocked by political tension earlier this year.

At last Tuesday’s city council meeting, Richmond Heights Mayor David Roche appointed a new councilman and rehired four city employees fired under recalled Mayor Miesha Headen.

It’s been a month since residents voted to recall Headen, and council spent much of its first two meetings without her reversing some of her decisions.

Tuesday, members voted unanimously to rehire the law and finance directors and the police prosecutor Headen fired, as well as the building commissioner who quit during her term.

Council also appointed chief Headen critic, Jeremy Kumin, to city council.

Read more from Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Sara Dorn.

News broke later in the week that the lawsuit challenging the city’s temporary legal council was dismissed.

A lawsuit challenging the legality of Richmond Heights’ temporary legal counsel has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff. In August, Richmond Heights resident Ed Busch, who was then-special assistant to the mayor, sued the city over the legality of the special legal counsel the city hired in June.

City Council hired Walter Haverfield in June following then-Mayor Miesha Wilson Headen’s firing of law director R. Todd Hunt.

The lawsuit, filed Aug. 6 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, alleged that the ordinance passed by council violated the city charter “as it unlawfully vests in the office of special counsel the duties of the director of law.”

Andrew Cass of The News-Herald has more.

Busch was fired by Mayor Roche shortly after he took office.

It would appear that things are returning to normal in Richmond Heights. Watchdog Wire previously reported on the drama in Richmond Heights surrounding then-Mayor Miesha Headen’s quest to rid the city of what she considered corruption. She was recalled by voters less than a year after taking office.

View all our stories on Richmond Heights by clicking here. 

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Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is the Assistant Editor of Watchdog Wire. Twitter: @joshkaib

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