Trumbull County Commissioners are keeping mum about investigation

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) –Trumbull County Commissioners aren’t saying much.

After a search warrant issued against county engineer Randy Smith was unsealed Friday afternoon.

The investigation stemmed from a couple citizen complaints to the Ohio Ethics Commission.

The affidavit shows Smith made more than 390-thousand dollars in 2011 from an oil and gas lease with BP for properties he owns…hired a business associate to a county position, and authorized a raise…and had his own company contracted for work with the Trumbull County Board of Health– while he was in office.  Employees in the engineer’s office also filed a lawsuit against Smith last month, alleging misconduct.

“It’s very unfortunate, it’s unfortunate, and we’ll just have to wait and see if anything comes out of it I can’t pass judgment ’cause I don’t know much about the case right now,” said Daniel Polivka, Trumbull County Commissioner.

“We really don’t know anything about that really, hopefully it’s not a problem, I’m assuming it’s not, but we won’t know until action takes place,” said Frank Fuda, Trumbull County Commissioner.

Smith was appointed as engineer back in 2011 following the resignation of David DeChristofaro,

who was also accused of ethics violations while in office.

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