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Cuyahoga County Executive
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2013 State of the County
State of the County 2013
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald gave his State of the County speech on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Click here for more information.
About the Executive
Ed FitzGerald has spent more than two decades in service to others-as a community volunteer, Congressional staff member, FBI Special Agent, Assistant County Prosecutor, City Councilman, Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio and now Cuyahoga County’s first County Executive.
The seventh of eight children, Ed worked his way through Ohio State University, and then attended night law school while serving as a staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives. He also became active in his community, volunteering as a reading tutor in the public schools, and working with a local senior citizen service program.
After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Ed was commissioned as a Special Agent with the FBI, assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago. As a Special Agent, FitzGerald was recognized by the FBI Director for excellence while heading up a wide-ranging and successful investigation into organized crime and political corruption.
Returning to the Cleveland area, FitzGerald then served as a supervising Assistant County Prosecutor, a lawyer in private practice and then Mayor of Lakewood.
As mayor, Ed built a partnership with City Council, working together to save millions of dollars and launching major initiatives with noteworthy accomplishments in safety, public integrity and economic development. Without raising taxes and actually shrinking the size of local government, Ed overhauled every city department to do more with less.
Ed’s campaign for County Executive emphasized job creation, restoring integrity to county government and delivering superior human services county wide.
Ed and his wife Shannon have been married for 21 years and are the proud parents of Jack, Connor, Colleen and Bridget, ages 13-19.
Cuyahoga County and Cleveland NAACP to hold Free Self-Defense Seminars
The Sheriff's Department Strategies Against Violent Encounters (S.A.V.E.) self defense seminars assisted over 100 residents with physical and mental tools and techniques to avoid with or respond to a violent encounter. New SAVE self defense sessions will be conducted throughout the Cuyahoga County in January and February; check back after the New Year for dates and locations.