Mayor withdraws job offer over soliciting charge

CLEVELAND - The mayor has withdrawn a job offer to his new chief of regional economic development because the man failed to disclose a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Mayor Frank Jackson said Monday that Michael J. Montgomery breached standards of full disclosure by not telling him about the arrest before he was hired two weeks ago to the $150,000-a-year job.

Messages seeking comment were left at Montgomery's home and office in Portland, Ore., where he has worked for the city for the last year.

Court records show Montgomery, who was then economic director in Oakland, Calif., was charged with soliciting in 1999 but pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of disturbing the peace. He spent two days in jail and was sentenced to two years' probation.

In 2003, a judge granted Montgomery's request to withdraw his plea and the case was dismissed.

Montgomery was scheduled to begin the Cleveland job next month. The city will search for a new candidate.

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