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County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
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Armond Budish

since January 1, 2015
Style The Honorable
Term length Four years. No term limits.
Constituting instrument Charter of Cuyahoga County
Inaugural holder Ed FitzGerald
Formation January 1, 2011
Salary $175,000

The County Executive of Cuyahoga County, the second largest county in Ohio, and the 29th largest county by population in the United States, is the chief executive officer of the Cuyahoga County government. Democrat Armond Budish is the current county executive. The county charter stipulates that the executive is responsible for the appointment and removal of county personnel, working with other local governments, introducing legislation to the county council, submitting budgets and capital improvements plans to the council, and many other duties.


After a widespread corruption scandal was revealed, the voters of Cuyahoga County, which includes the City of Cleveland and 58 surrounding suburbs, voted to authorize a new form of county government on November 3, 2009. The charter replaced three county commissioners with an executive and 11-member council. Under the charter, other previously elected posts, such as sheriff, treasurer, and clerk of courts became appointed positions under the executive. Summit County is the only other Ohio county with an executive.

Democrat Ed FitzGerald, the then-Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio, defeated Matt Dolan in the initial election in November 2010 and was sworn in as the first Cuyahoga County executive on January 9, 2011.

Political Implications

After FitzGerald was elected, The Plain Dealer political reporter Henry J. Gomez wrote that many observers believed the county executive job would "be second only to the governor in terms of power and constituency." This prediction seemed to foreshadow FitzGerald's decision to challenge John Kasich's re-election bid for Governor of Ohio in 2014. FitzGerald was the Democratic nominee for the November election.

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