County Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCounty Executive of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Seal of Cuyahoga County
|Term length||Four years; renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Ed FitzGerald|
|Formation||November 3, 2009|
The County Executive of Cuyahoga County, the largest county in Ohio, and the 29th largest county by population in the United States, is the head 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.
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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