CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There's a new sheriff in town.
19 Action News has learned Cuyahoga County Sheriff Robert Reid asked for and got the existing number two, three and four commanders at the Sheriff's Department to resign.
Those who tendered their resignations include Chief Deputy Douglas Burkhart, Inspector Robert Havranek and Captain Reginald Eakins.
Apparently, the men did not fit into Reid's plans to rebuild the department from embattled former Sheriff Gerald McFaul's failed leadership.
Cuyahoga County Sheriff Robert Reid released the following statement:
Today, at my request, Chief Douglas Burkhard will be submitting his retirement to the Sheriff's Office. In addition, Inspector Robert Havranek and Captain Reginald Eakins tendered their resignations, which have been accepted. I wish to thank them for their many years of service to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Cuyahoga County.
We will continue in our efforts to make the operations of the Sheriff's Office transparent and accountable and rebuild the public trust in our operation. With the talented people in our office, I am confident that we will accomplish this mission.
I will rely on the leadership and experience of Captain Michael Jackson and Lt. Donald Michalosky to guide the law enforcement branch of the Sheriff's Office for the immediate future until such time as I can evaluate, assess and assemble my top leadership team and continue to move forward.
/s/ Bob Reid, Sheriff