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Posted On: 1/12/2011

FitzGerald Selects Federal Prosecutor as Inspector General

New Public Works Director is ODOT Engineer; CountyStat Coordinator Also Named; All Three Roles Are New


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 12, 2011
Media Contact: Matt Carroll, (216) 698-7704

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald added three key new leaders today to continue the establishment of new priorities, authority and initiatives in Cuyahoga County Government. Each new staff member is leading a newly created function in the government.

“We have said that we are going to do things differently, and today is the latest proof of that effort” said FitzGerald. “These dynamic leaders are going take on challenges in county government that have never been attempted before.”

FitzGerald named Nailah Byrd, former Manhattan District Attorney, private sector corporate counsel and current Assistant U.S. Attorney as the county’s first Inspector General. Bonita Teeuwen, former Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation in District 12, was named the county’s first Public Works Director. And Jennifer Scofield, an experienced government administrator and health education specialist, will serve as Deputy Fiscal Officer, coordinating FitzGerald’s new outcome measurement program known as “Cuyahoga CountyStat”.

Byrd is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School and has practiced in criminal and civil contexts. She prosecuted major felony cases as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City and conducted internal criminal investigations as part of her corporate law practice.

Teeuwen is a graduate of the University of Akron and is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the transportation industry and public administration. She has also worked in the public and private sectors. Scofield has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Maryland and has worked in and managed government and non-profit organizations for over 20 years, with a special focus on program evaluation.

“Nailah will bring the intelligence, tenacity and experience that our county needs to ensure that ethics and integrity are a central feature of our county government. Her investigative skills will be a tremendous asset as our first Cuyahoga County Inspector General” said FitzGerald.

“Bonnie and Jennifer both bring broad management experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors that will support our efforts to be more efficient in how we use public dollars at the county. The old management saying - ‘what gets measured gets done’ – is going to be a guiding principle for our administration, and these two experienced leaders will be at the forefront of executing this vision.”