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Former prosecutor Bill Mason named chief of staff for embattled Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Updated: Jun. 11, 2019 at 5:31 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - 19 News reporter Paul Orlousky first confirmed on Tuesday that former prosecutor Bill Mason will be named chief of staff by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.

The official appointment was announced on Wednesday.

“Bill has a longstanding commitment to the county and has been a leader in many aspects of reform that I consider crucial to this county,” said Budish. “He was one of the leaders in getting our new system of government in place and has been a leader in both justice reform and sustainability, both of which are key aspects of my vision for this county.”

“I look forward to joining the county administration and helping County Executive Budish achieve his vision of a county where people have equal access to justice and opportunity,” said Mason. “The administration’s focus on impacting climate change locally is also very compelling to me. I am excited to become part of the team.”

Mason, 60, from Parma, resigned as Cuyahoga County prosecutor in September 2012. He served in that position since 1999.

He then took a job with law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Budish’s former chief of staff -- Earl Leiken, 77 -- stepped down in December 2018.

Leiken, the former mayor of Shaker Heights, said he was resigning due to health reasons.

Raid at Cuyahoga County Headquarters

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation raided Budish’s office in February.

Agents took two computer hard drives and boxes of materials.

Federal authorities have since released very little very information to the public about the specifics of the raid.

Mason’s start date has been set for July 15.

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