Cuyahoga County Sheriff

Weeks from retirement, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney arrived at a council hearing with his personal attorney and refused to answer almost any questions about the county jail system.

Cuyahoga County Council Tuesday introduced a proposal to change the sheriff from an appointed position back to an elected one.

Eight of 11 council members must support the change in order to send it to voters in November.

Republican Councilman Mike Gallagher long supported having the county executive appoint the sheriff. But now he wants voters to have that right, just as they did before county government changed from three commissioners to an executive nine years ago. Gallagher says it’s the only way to fix a department that’s in disarray.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney Resigns

May 24, 2019

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney submitted a letter of resignation Friday.

County spokseperson Mary Louise Madigan confirmed to ideastream the resignation is effective Aug. 3.  Pinkney is resigning for “personal reasons,” she added.

“We thank him for his service and the search for his replacement will begin immediately,” Madigan said.

A source at the Sheriff's Department cast Pinkney's departure as a retirement rather than a resignation.

A man was shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy last night, after crashing his car on Interstate 90 near West Boulevard. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office says the deputy is a veteran of the police force with more than 25 years of service.

photo of Frank Jackson and Calvin Williams
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Law enforcement in Cleveland have organized a new task force to pursue open murder cases. 

The task force will include investigators from Cleveland police, the FBI and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says it’ll look into cases that go beyond Cleveland’s borders.

“Their task is to review all the homicides that happened here in this part of Northeast Ohio to make sure we’re using every resource possible to get those solved.”