CLEVELAND, OH – They should have seen the writing on the wall and knew this day was coming. Willa Hemmons and Heather McCollough have been operating like rogue public officials with no oaths of office appeasing Richmond Heights resident Brandon King instead of advising the officers of the municipal corporation of East Cleveland to discharge only their official duties.
The weapons Hemmons and McCollough formed against Councilwoman Juanita Gowdy have failed. Both were advised by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association that a complaint has been filed against them. McCollough should have learned Proverbs 2:20. “So you will walk in the way of good men And keep to the paths of the righteous.” Oops there it is!
A majority of three members of East Cleveland city council (Gowdy, Korean Stevenson, Nathaniel Martin) filed a complaint against the derelict duo and want their law licenses suspended. For the good of the public interest the suspensions should be permanent. Neither is fit to practice law.
Hemmons was contracted in January 2014 to discharge the duties of a “municipal director of law” pursuant to the mandates of the Revised Code of Ohio. Law directors for municipal corporations are required to be electors. She resides in Beachwood and not East Cleveland.
Law directors are also required to be administered oaths of office, post bonds and advise every officer and employee to discharge only the duties of public offices as they are authorized by Ohio’s general laws and its Constitution. Pursuant to Section 733.57 of the Revised Code of Ohio, it was Hemmons and McCullough’s duties to ensure that even the no-bid contractors King’s been awarding contracts perform every public duty associated with the receipt of it.
They don’t participate in schemes like McCollough to remove a member of council through recall by notarizing petitions Che Gadison submitted to her in resident Kelly Bright’s name. They don’t join council meetings like Hemmons did and declare the the mayor can preside over it for the council president; and that she is dually-authorized to serve as his appointed clerk of the council.
They don’t present charges against American citizens that have been filed against them by private individuals impersonating law enforcement officers with no oaths, no civil service testing and no Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials. Full-time prosecuting attorneys like McCullough don’t represent private criminal cases, secretly, on the side. The Supreme Court of Ohio told EJBNEWS it was McCullough’s duty to update her status to show she was working as a government prosecutor instead of as a private lawyer.
Hemmons described U.S. District Court Judge James Gwin as “mad” when he admonished her for representing ex-East Cleveland employees Ralph Spotts and David Hicks instead of protecting and indemnifying the city from their misconduct in the $50 million civil complaint she lost. It will be interesting to see her flippant responses to the Certified Grievance Committee and the Disciplinary Counsel as the complaint proceeds.