Huber Heights vice mayor calls former councilwoman’s lawsuit ‘frivolous’

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Seth Morgan

Huber Heights will defend its public officials named in a lawsuit filed by a former councilwoman.

Seth Morgan, Huber Heights councilman and vice mayor, said the city will “aggressively defend” itself against what he sees as a “frivolous” lawsuit.

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Former Huber Heights City Councilwoman Janell Smith has filed a lawsuit alleging some current members and other people conspired to get her recalled and discriminated against her based on gender and disability.

The suit was filed Dec. 13. Smith is seeking millions of dollars in damages and a jury trial.

Smith was on city council from 2016 to 2018 before she was recalled by voters.

The city and council members Mark Campbell, Ed Lyons, Nancy Byrge and Don Webb are named as defendants both individually and in their capacity as council members. City Manager Rob Schommer and Mayor Jeff Gore are also named. Councilman Don Webb’s wife, Antoinette, is named in the suit as well.

Other defendants include Walter Sturgeon, Kimberly Kozlowski, Gerald Gustin and the Huber Heights Ward 2 United for a Better Tomorrow political action committee.

Morgan said he thinks Huber Heights is held back by things like this.

“It’s high time we lead by example and move forward with our heads down,” he said.

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