For the first time in the county’s history the electorate will select 11 members to represent geographic locations on the Cuyahoga County Council. 11 members will be representatives and there will also be an elected official to serve as the County Executive. Most of the various county positions will no longer be elected officials. These formerly elected positions will be appointed in the future by the County Council and County Executive. It is interesting to note that the Cuyahoga
County Prosecutor will still be an elected position. It is no coincidence that the man who led the charge to establish the charter for the county was none other than Prosecutor Bill Mason. Why would he allow for his position to be appointed and not elected?
According to the charter we voted for last November the following officials will be appointed members and serve similar to a presidential cabinet. These positions are: Fiscal Officer, Medical Examiner, Clerk of Courts, Director of Public Works, Director of Law, County Treasurer, and the Sheriff. You can find a copy of the charter here on the County Board of Elections Web Site (Cuyahoga County Board of Elections - County Charter).
All of these elected officials that will now literally have to apply for their job and not get swept in by election have only one person to blame. The person is their county Democratic Party Chairman Jimmy Dimora. His antics and his alleged crimes being investigated by the FBI have led to these positions being appointed and not elected. By the way, every official currently serving in an elected capacity to these offices are democrats. Surely these elected officials will wait with baited breath to see who gets elected to the council and who gets elected County Executive.
Here is some general information about the county council and county executive. The county council seats will be paid an annual salary of $45,000 per year. Of the 11 members they will select a council president that will be paid $55,000 per year. The County Executive will be paid an annual salary of $175,000 per year. Except for this first year the council will only elect half of the seats in one election. The seats up for a four year term are districts, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. The seats up for two year terms are 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. This way the election for these seats will be staggered much like the Federal Senate seats are.
Look for the next installment of this topic when key details are discussed about Council District 1 which encompasses the cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, and Olmsted Township (except precinct D).
More to come…