Gene Smith, longtime St. Petersburg Council watchdog, dies at 68

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 09, 2018, 4:44 PM EST

A longtime fixture at St. Petersburg's City Hall has died.

Gene Smith, who was sometimes called a "9th Council member," was found dead Monday at his home on 5th Street North.

City police said they are looking into his death but don't suspect foul play.

In a post on Twitter, Mayor Rick Kriseman said: "Sad to learn about the passing of a City Hall fixture, Gene Smith - often called the 9th council member. He knew the issues well, helped us move forward on our new pier, and was always respectful. He will be missed."

Smith was 68 years old.