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Cuyahoga County Charter

We, the people of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, desire a reformed County Government to significantly improve the County's economic competitiveness. With it, the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County can have: (1) focused, effective and accountable leadership; (2) job creation and economic growth as a fundamental government purpose, thereby helping the County do a better job of creating and retaining jobs and ensuring necessary and essential health and human services; (3) collaborative leadership with Cleveland, suburbs and others within the public and private sectors; (4) an improved focus on equity for all our communities and citizens; (5) long-term regional and global competitiveness; and (6) significant taxpayer savings by streamlining and eliminating unnecessary elected offices.

Desiring to secure for ourselves and for our successors the benefits of self-determination as to local matters that are afforded by the assumption of home rule powers for this County and the establishment of a county government that provides for the separation of administrative and legislative powers and for a more representative and accountable form of governance for this County, We, the people, adopt this Charter of Cuyahoga County.

Table of Contents

Article I - Corporate Powers, Rights and Privileges

§ 1.01 Name, Boundaries and Powers.
§ 1.02 Powers Limited.
§ 1.03 Construction.

Article II - Elected County Executive

§ 2.01 County Executive.
§ 2.02 Compensation.
§ 2.03 Powers and Duties.
§ 2.04 Vacancy.
§ 2.05 Investigations by County Executive.

Article III - The Council

§ 3.01 Election.
§ 3.02 Term of Office.
§ 3.03 Residency Requirement.
§ 3.04 Council Districts.
§ 3.05 Council Vacancies.
§ 3.06 Council Vacancies; No Party Affiliation.
§ 3.07 Vacancies; Length of Appointment.
§ 3.08 Compensation.
§ 3.09 Powers and Duties of the Council.
§ 3.10 Organization, Rules and Procedures.
§ 3.11 Initiative and Referendum.
§ 3.12 Investigations by Council.

Article IV - Elected Prosecuting Attorney

§ 4.01 Prosecuting Attorney: Election, Duties and Qualifications.

Article V - Appointed Officers

§ 5.01 Appointment; Confirmation by Council.
§ 5.02 Fiscal Officer: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 5.03 Medical Examiner: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 5.04 Clerk of the Courts: Powers and Duties.
§ 5.05 Director of Public Works: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 5.06 Director of Law: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 5.07 County Treasurer: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 5.08 Sheriff: Powers, Duties and Qualifications.

Article VI - Boards & Commissions

§ 6.01 Budget Commission.
§ 6.02 Board of Revision.
§ 6.03 Other Boards and Commissions.
§ 6.04 Special Boards and Commissions.

Article VII - Economic Development

§ 7.01 County Economic Development.
§ 7.02 Department of Development.
§ 7.03 Director of Development: Appointment and Qualifications.
§ 7.04 Economic Development Commission.
§ 7.05 Economic Development Plan.

Article VIII - Health & Human Services

§ 8.01 Department of Health and Human Services.
§ 8.02 Director of Health and Human Services: Appointment, Duties and Qualifications.

Article IX - County Employment Practices

§ 9.01 Human Resource Commission.
§ 9.02 Authority of Human Resource Commission.
§ 9.03 Classification.
§ 9.04 Appointing Authorities.
§ 9.05 Department of Human Resources.

Article X - Purchasing

§ 10.01 Department of Purchasing.

Article XI - Internal Auditing

§ 11.01 County Audit Committee.
§ 11.02 Department of Internal Auditing.
§ 11.03 Director of Internal Auditing: Appointment, Duties and Qualifications.
§ 11.04 Authority of Department of Internal Auditing.

Article XII - General Provisions

§ 12.01 Effective Date of Charter.
§ 12.02 Removal of Elected Officials by Recall.
§ 12.03 Forfeiture of Office.
§ 12.04 Reporting of Offers to Influence Official Action.
§ 12.05 Meetings of Governmental Bodies to be Public.
§ 12.06 Records of Governmental Bodies to be Public.
§ 12.07 Equal Opportunity.
§ 12.08 Employee Rights.
§ 12.09 Charter Review Commission.
§ 12.10 Charter Amendments.
§ 12.11 Rearrangement, Reprinting of, and Correction of Typographical Errors in the Charter.
§ 12.12 Severability.

Article XIII - Transition to Charter Government

§ 13.01 Offices Abolished.
§ 13.02 Initial Election of County Officers.
§ 13.03 Officers and Employees.
§ 13.04 Departments, Offices and Agencies.
§ 13.05 Pending Matters.
§ 13.06 Laws in Force.
§ 13.07 Transition Advisory Group.

Appendix A - Initial Council Districts