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Gary Johnson agrees to suspend council seat, joining three other members facing charges

Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, and Tyrone Riley signed consent judgement agreements last week Wednesday.
Four members of the Toledo City Council have been accused of accepting bribes while in office,...
Four members of the Toledo City Council have been accused of accepting bribes while in office, according to court documents obtained by 13abc on Tuesday. At least three of those council members have been placed into federal custody. 13abc crews were on the scene as council members Larry Sykes and Yvonne Harper were placed into custody. Federal documents also implicate council members Gary Johnson and Tyrone Riley. (WTVG)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 12:05 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - All four Toledo City Council members charged in federal court with accepting bribes and extortion have agreed to suspend their positions on council.

Larry Sykes, Yvonne Harper, and Tyrone Riley signed a consent judgement agreement last Wednesday, agreeing to the suspension pending the resolution of felony charges in federal court.

Gary Johnson followed suit on Monday.

“Until allegations of public corruption are resolved in court, a suspension is the proper remedy to balance the accused’s right of a presumption of innocence with the public’s interest to have a functioning city council,” Yost said.

Their seats are open for interim positions on the council. Interested parties should send a letter of interest and resume to Judge Jack Puffenberger by August 21, specifying which position you are applying for: District 1, District 4, or At-Large. Applicants can submit their letter and resume via email to judgepuff@lucas-co-probate-ct.org, via fax to 419-213-4764, postal mail ATTN: Judge Jack R. Puffenberger, Lucas County Probate Court, 700 Adams St. Ste 200, Toledo, OH 43604,) or by dropping it off at the Lucas County Probate Court in the drop box provided.

The four members of council, plus attorney Keith Mitchell, were indicted on 13 charges by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and City Council President Matt Cherry requested that Yost initiate proceedings under Ohio Revised Code 3.16 to suspend the accused city council members from office.

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