Saturday, February 23, 2013
Andrea Rocco appointed interim Clerk since Jan. 2
Former Westlake School Board member Andrea Rocco has been appointed by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald as the new Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts. Rocco was appointed the interim Clerk of Courts on Jan. 2 after longtime Clerk Gerald Fuerst retired in December. Rocco, an attorney, has worked as the prosecutor and assistant director of law in Westlake since 2002. Previously she worked as an assistant to the Ohio Attorney General's office. Rocco stepped down from her longtime position as a school board member in January 2012 due to her position as special counsel to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Rocco has been a board member for more than 10 years after her appointment to a vacant seat in 2001. In 2002 and 2005, she was …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Potential candidate for Ohio governor, FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.
As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio. Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer that FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first, but neither was FitzGerald. Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Tell us what you think.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Bob Reid had been sheriff since 2009
Updated 4:15 p.m. The office of County Executive Ed Fitzgerald has released an official statement regarding Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid’s resignation. “After two years of work, it provides an opportunity for members of the leadership team and our administration to see where things stand and to make decisions in order to make our government work effectively as possible,” the statement reads. According to the statement, the executive’s office is reviewing leadership across all departments. The statement adds that Clerk of Courts Gerald Fuerst announced his retirement last week, and that other leadership changes may be announced soon. Frank Bova, a former interim county sheriff, will again fill that role while the search for a new …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald hosted his ninth Town Hall Meeting in Cleveland Heights and discussed county challenges and goals
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald shared his priorities with a crowd of about 70 people Tuesday night during his ninth Town Hall Meeting in the Cleveland Heights Community Center. First, he said the county has to restore trust with its residents in the aftermath of scandal and corruption. He went through a list of challenges facing Cuyahoga County, including a more than 100,000 person population drop in the past 10 years, 9,405 foreclosed homes in 2011 and more than 10,400 in 2010 and high school and college achievement rates that are “significantly” below the national standards. The high school graduation rate is 71 percent, and 27 percent of people have college degrees. “If all those challenges weren’t enough, the corruption …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
This will be the Cuyahoga County Executive's 9th town hall meeting
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will speak at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. The event will mark his ninth town hall meeting for Cuyahoga County residents. ''The town hall meetings are an opportunity to update the residents of Cuyahoga County on the exciting changes that are taking place in county government and give an overview of what the next year will bring for Cuyahoga County,'' said FitzGerald in a press release. ''A review of the State of the County will be included in the presentation.'' FitzGerald will also take questions from the community.
Friday, February 3, 2012
County Executive FitzGerald announces effort toward regionalization.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants to push regionalization forward, with the county making its services available to cities on a contract basis. Speaking at the City Club for his second state of the county address, FitzGerald said Greater Cleveland cannot compete against other metropolitan areas with the inefficiencies that come with having functions performed by 59 different communities. "It is self-evident that our current patchwork of individual kingdoms is powerless to execute any coordinated strategy to compete in a global economy," he said. As part of his "Western Reserve Plan," FitzGerald proposed that the county start with computer services and eventually expand the level of services offered. "The concept is simple and …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
A report released last week recommends a regional approach to improve education.
Last week, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and researchers from New York University took a closer look at how to improve education in the county. The county executive wants to better define the county’s role in local education and figure out how to make the best use of the available money, said special assistant Justin Bibb. Overall, Bibb said that role is to create the “right conditions and environment” for Cuyahoga County’s districts. According to a press release from the county executive, the report focuses on the county’s most vulnerable students—those who live and go to school in economically poor areas. Much of the report pertains to steps the Cleveland Metropolitan School District can take to improve. But Bibb pointed out …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
County officials override state directive.
Cuyahoga County plans to again mail out applications for absentee ballots to all voters -- a victory for local election officials and an important decision in Strongsville. Cuyahoga County Council voted last night to override opposition from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and support County Executive Ed FitzGerald's decision to continue mailing the applications. "We can't go back to the days of long lines and voter confusion," Cuyahoga County Vice President Sunny Simon said in a news release. "Our elections board has implemented key reforms -- and they've worked. Our ability to vote is a fundamental right that must come first." "It puts a different spin on things now," Council President Mike Daymut said. "I think elections are decided…