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Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney

Term: 4 yearsSalary: $150,050The incumbent county prosecutor, Michael C. O'Malley, a Democrat, is running unopposed. He has served as prosecutor since 2017.The prosecutor's official title is "Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney." The prosecutor represents the citizens of Cuyahoga County in both criminal and civil legal matters.The Office of the Prosecutor employs over 350 people, including 210 assistant prosecuting attorneys and about 120 support staff to provide technical, clerical, and administrative help. The office headquarters are in the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, with other offices in the Juvenile Justice Center and the Department of Children & Family Services. The State of Ohio empowers the county prosecuting attorney with the duty and obligation to: “Inquire into the commission of crimes within the county. The prosecuting attorney shall prosecute, on behalf of the state, all complaints, suits, and controversies in which the state is a party,… and other suits, matters, and controversies that the prosecuting attorney is required to prosecute within or outside the county, in the probate court, court of common pleas, and court of appeals. In conjunction with the attorney general, the prosecuting attorney shall prosecute in the supreme court cases arising in the prosecuting attorney’s county.”

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Biographical Information

You have had this job for nearly four years. What have been your biggest challenges and accomplishments--and what have you learned that surprised you?

Explain how your relationship with the county administration's inspector general works. Do you communicate routinely, or only when the IG brings you an issue?

COVID, civil unrest, unemployment, and related economic forces have put pressure on law enforcement across the country. How has your office and its relationship with local police departments been affected?