April 5, 2010 9:05:00 AM
As Mayor of the City of Columbus
I would like to take this time to offer a sincere apology to my Family, my Friends and Fellow Council Members, and especially to the Citizens of Columbus for the event that took place at City Hall on last Thursday night. The event that occurred that night was truly unfortunate and I deeply regret that this has happened.
I would also like to take this time to offer my sincerest apology to the youth of Columbus and the surrounding areas. I am not now nor ever condoning violence in any way, shape, form or fashion.
It is my prayer that we, as a City, can turn away from the spectacle of the past few days and return our attention to all of the great things that are going on in the Wonderful City of Columbus.
I hope that I can regain any trust and respect that has been lost due to my actions. It is still my goal to work hard, persevere and continue my efforts to make Columbus a city of hope, unity and a City that we all can be proud of.
Robert E. Smith, Sr.