County engineer asked to step down

TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) — Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith was asked to step aside Thursday night while he is under investigation.

Patricia Paridon, who is running as a Republican for Trumbull County Commissioner, is demanding that Smith take a leave of absence from his job while the state conducts an ethics investigation.

Randy Smith under investigation.

Smith’s office was raided earlier this month and he also is facing a lawsuit.

“My concern is that to avoid the look of impropriety to just step down until the investigation is through,” said Paridon.

“It’s just an investigation. It’s the same kind of investigation that they had with Dechristofaro. We didn’t interfere with their investigation then so we are not going to interfere with the investigation now,” added Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda.

Among the allegations against Smith is that he made nearly $400,000 in gas and oil leases while his office signs off on Road Use Maintenance Agreements with oil and gas companies.

That is a violation of the Ohio Revised Code.

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