Roger C. Smith

In June 2018, the City of Cleveland hired Attorney Roger C. Smith to head the Office of Professional Standards (OPS). Most recently, Mr. Smith worked as a hearing officer with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings in New York City adjudicating summonses issued by various city agencies including the NYPD, Fire Department, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Sanitation.

Prior to this, Smith worked for nine years as Executive Agency Counsel at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (NYC CCRB), where he served as the Director of Training (2011-2015), and provided advice to the Board, agency executives and investigators on FOIL, labor relations and criminal procedure law. He participated, alongside other agency executives, in the hiring of new attorneys, all staff promotions and employee discipline.

For several years, Smith served as the agency’s Records Access Appeals Officer, reviewing every FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) appeal filed with the agency. He also assisted in numerous disciplinary trials of police officers from 2010-2012, and handled disciplinary conferences regarding CCRB employees both internally and at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.

Prior to his work with the CCRB, Smith worked as an agency attorney at the New York City Department of Correction, managing disciplinary trials regarding correction employee misconduct. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s Office prosecuting cases ranging from drug possession and sale to robberies and assaults involving serious physical injury.

Mr. Smith received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also earned the Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California Law School.