Complaints filed against Council Members Byrge, Smith over video


HUBER HEIGHTS — Two Huber Heights City Council members have had complaints filed against them asking for their removal from office.

Council Members Glen Otto and Richard Shaw filed a complaint against fellow Council Member Nancy Byrge regarding a video called “Shaw Town” that takes aim at Shaw regarding the appointment of Andi Otto to the Arts and Beautification Commission.

Byrge has also filed a complaint against Council Member Janelle Smith accusing her of distributing the video.

The complaints were filed with Mayor Tom McMasters who, under the Rules of Council, has the authority to investigate and make rulings on complaints against council members. McMasters is expected to give an update, if not a ruling, at Monday’s city council meeting.

The video, which may not be suitable for children, contains expletives and mocks Shaw regarding his weight and other personal characteristics.

Warning: this video contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children or others sensitive to strong language):

https://youtu.be/TsO7IZgP3Yg

Otto and Shaw accuse Byrge of misconduct in office “due to her involvement in the creation and/or distribution of a video which seeks to intentionally demean, degrade, and insult the Mayor and a Councilman in Huber Heights, along with a member of a City Commission in a manner unbecoming of an official.”

They also allege that Byrge gave the video to Smith as a “gift” and that the video was distributed to other members of Council, a charge that Smith denies.

In an email to members of council and Mayor McMasters dated May 5, 2017, Smith says “I know who made it (the video) and I was one of the recipients asked to go up to City Hall and retreived my ‘gift’…I did not copy it or share it with anyone.”

Byrge, in her formal complaint to McMasters, says Smith is guilty of misconduct “due to her involvement in the distribution of a video which seeks to intentionally demean, degrade, and insult the Mayor and a Councilman in Huber Heights, along with a member of a City Commission in a manner unbecoming of an official.”

Byrge also denied making or distributing the video, but said her husband made the video.

“He provided the disk to Mrs. Smith during her next visit to our home. I was totally unaware that he had given the video to her,” Byrge wrote. “After having the video in her possession for five months, Mrs. Smith made the conscious decision to share this private video with her fellow Team Huber members. This politically-driven and malicious action is solely an effort to discredit me because of my success against the candidates supported by councilmembers Shaw, Otto, and Smith. Any additional copies provided to members of Council were subsequently generated and distributed by her.”

All three complainants ended by saying “this type of behavior is not only disruptive, but creates a negative environment and causes irreparable damage to the City of Huber Heights, Huber Heights City Council, and its residents.”

Smith
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/06/web1_JanellSmithRGB.jpgSmith File photo

Byrge
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/06/web1_Nancy-Byrge.jpegByrge File photo

http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2017/06/web1_VideoStill.jpgScreen shot from “Shaw Town” video
Mayor urged to remove both from office for misconduct

 

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

 

 

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