Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed will call a jail cell home for the next 10 days.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed was removed from council committees on Monday after his OVI arrest earlier this month.
Reed, a member of council for 13 years, was stopped at East 9th Street and Rockwell Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on March 5. Police said the councilman failed a field sobriety test and was charged on four counts, including operating under the influence.
Reed, 52, issued the following statement during Monday night's council meeting:
"Upon hearing the decision of Council President Sweeney to remove me of all council committee responsibilities, I will now take this opportunity to continue to spend even more time with my constituents and work on their behalf as well as work on my own personal issues.
"I would like to thank the citizens of Ward 2 for the opportunity to continue to serve them and I know that Marin Sweeney and I both want the best for the citizens of Cleveland."
Reed was subdued at Monday night's council meeting the first since his arrest. The arrest or Reed's removal from his council committees did not come up during the meeting.
Reed's committees included Health & Human Services, Legislation and Public Parks, Recreation & Properties.
"Councilman Reed now has the flexibility to take care of whatever he needs to take care of," said Council President Martin Sweeney following Monday's meeting.
There was no vote on whether to remove Reed from his council seat because, according to Sweeney, under Rule 29 of the charter, Reed could only be removed by his colleagues for offenses that occur in council.
"The law department has an opinion, Rule 29 is only for actions that are done during council proceedings, council meeting, committee meeting and that did not meet the threshold," Sweeney said.
"So the ability to remove Councilman Reed for Rule 29 does not exist," he said. "The only people that can remove him are the folks from the ward he chooses to run in in the November election."
Next week, council will be presented with the city's newly redrawn ward boundary lines as council shrinks from 19 seats to 17.
So does Reed think he will be a target?
"The way it works is by April 1, the lines got to be drawn or the mayor gets to draw the lines," Reed said. "I guess we'll find out on the 25th which way the lines are going to be drawn."
Sweeney takes exception with the characterization that seats are being eliminated.
"There are no seats eliminated," he said. "It's just 17 wards are going to be created and all the current wards are going to be adjusted, just some more than others."
Reed did not speak about his arrest at the advice of his attorney, but reiterated Monday night his desire to have his day in court. "During the court trial I think everything will come out," he said.
The councilman pleaded not guilty to the charges and is set to appear in Judge Pinkey Carr's courtroom Tuesday morning. This is his third OVI since 2005.
The buzz in the neighborhood was over Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed's sentencing following his third OVI arrest.
Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed was sentenced three months in jail for a conviction in his OVI case.
Candidates for Cleveland's Ward 2 debated for the first time Tuesday night at the Earl B. Turner Recreation Center on Miles.
A jury found Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed guilty in his OVI case Tuesday afternoon.
The jury in the DUI case of Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed set to resume deliberations Tuesday after getting the case Monday afternoon.
Lawyers are expected to begin questioning possible jurors in Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed's DUI trial.
Cleveland council members Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson say they believe too many vacant homes are being demolished.
Councilman Zack Reed wants more attention paid to Cleveland murders.
Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed met the new judge that will be handling his upcoming trial on charges that he operated a vehicle while intoxicated.