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Cuyahoga County Charter Article II - Elected County Executive
§ 2.01 County Executive
The County Executive shall be the chief executive officer of the County.
The County Executive shall first be elected at the 2010 general
election and shall hold office for a term of four years commencing on
the first day of January 2011. Any candidate for election as County
Executive shall be an elector of the County at the time of filing of the
declaration of candidacy, shall be nominated and elected in the manner
provided for county officers by general law and this Charter and during
the entire term of office shall remain an elector of the County. The
County Executive shall not, except as authorized by the Council, hold or
accept other employment or public office.
§ 2.02 Compensation
The initial salary of the County Executive shall be one hundred
seventy-five thousand dollars per year. The salary may be changed by
ordinance at any time before a primary election for the office of County
Executive, but no change shall be effective until the commencement of
the ensuing term.
§ 2.03 Powers & Duties
The County Executive shall have all the powers and duties of an
administrative nature under this Charter and such powers and duties of
an administrative nature, except as otherwise provided herein, as are
vested in or imposed upon boards of county commissioners by general law.
Such powers and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- To appoint, suspend, discipline and remove all County personnel,
including those appointive officers provided for in Article V hereof
and except those who, as provided by general law, are under the
jurisdiction of officers, boards, agencies, commissions and authorities
of the County other than the board of county commissioners, and except
those who are appointed by the Council pursuant to § 3.09(1) of this
Charter or by the Prosecuting Attorney.
- To appoint, subject to the confirmation by the Council, and
remove County directors and officers and members of boards, agencies,
commissions and authorities as are or may hereafter be created by or
pursuant to this Charter, and such officers and members of boards,
agencies, commissions and authorities as are provided by general law to
be appointed by boards of county commissioners. If the Council shall
fail to act on the question of such an appointment by the County
Executive within thirty days of the date that the County Executive
submits such appointment to the Council for its consideration, that
appointment shall be deemed confirmed without further action by the
Council. The County Executive and the Council shall use good faith
efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in
appointing such officers and members.
- To advocate for the interests of the County with other levels of
government and to advocate for and promote cooperation and
collaboration with other political subdivisions.
- To approve or veto any ordinance or resolution as provided in Section 3.11 of this Charter.
- To serve, in person or by his or her delegate, as a member of the County Budget Commission and of the County Board of Revision.
- To execute contracts, conveyances and evidences of indebtedness on behalf of the County.
- To attend meetings of the Council and take part in the discussion of all matters before the Council.
- To introduce ordinances and resolutions for consideration by the
Council and otherwise to make recommendations for actions to be taken
by the County.
- To submit to the Council prior to the beginning of each fiscal
year, a proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which
shall contain at least the following:
- A statement of estimated revenues from all sources, including fund balances from the preceding year;
- A statement of proposed expenditures, shown by department,
office, agency, authority, board and commission, and by activity,
character and object;
- A schedule of estimated revenues and proposed expenditures
for each County department, office, agency, authority, board and
commission, on a monthly basis; and
- A summary of the contents of the proposed operating budget.
- To submit to the Council prior to the beginning of each fiscal
year a capital improvements program, which shall contain at least the
- The capital improvements scheduled for, or proposed to be
undertaken within that fiscal year, along with the estimated cost of
each improvement and the proposed or established method of financing;
- A summary of the detailed contents of the program for the current fiscal year; and
- The capital improvements projected for the five years next succeeding the current fiscal year.
- To submit a written message to the Council accompanying the
proposed operating budget and capital improvements program explaining
the budget both in fiscal terms and in terms of work to be done,
outlining the proposed financial policies of the County for the current
fiscal year and describing the important features of the budget. The
message shall include any proposals for major changes in financial
policies and in expenditures, appropriations and revenues as compared
with the preceding fiscal year and the reasons for such proposals, and
an itemization and explanation of each proposed capital improvement.
- To conduct collective bargaining regarding wages and
compensatory benefits with any recognized employee bargaining unit, in
conjunction with the Human Resource Commission, and administer uniform
personnel procedures for all County employees.
- To submit to the Council annually a five-year financial forecast for the general operating funds of the County.
- To employ and supervise such number of deputies, assistants and
employees as shall be reasonably necessary to assist the County
Executive in carrying out the duties of the office.
§ 2.04 Vacancy
In the event the office of the County Executive becomes vacant by reason
of death, resignation, removal from office, failure to remain an
elector of the County or for any other reason, the President of Council
shall succeed to the office of County Executive on an interim basis. If a
vacancy occurs in the first or second year of a four-year term, the
interim succession shall be for a period until the next countywide
general election, at which time the position shall be filled for the
remainder of the principal term. If a vacancy occurs in the third or
fourth year of a four-year term, the interim succession shall extend
until the next countywide general election, at which time the position
shall be filled for the next four-year term. The interim succession of
the President of Council to the office of County Executive as provided
herein shall create a vacancy in the membership of County Council and in
the position of President of Council. Upon the occurrence of a vacancy
in the position of President of Council, the Vice-President of Council
shall assume the position of President, and the Council shall elect a
member to serve as Vice-President. The Council seat vacated by the
former Council president shall be filled in the manner described herein.
§ 2.05 Investigations by County Executive
The County Executive may, at any time and without notice, cause the
administrative affairs or the official acts and conduct of any official
or employee of any County office, department or agency over which the
Executive has authority to be examined. The County Executive, or any
person appointed by the Executive to conduct such an examination, shall
have the same power to take testimony, administer oaths and compel the
attendance of witnesses and the production of papers, books and evidence
and refer witnesses to the Prosecuting Attorney to be punished for
contempt as is conferred upon Council by this Charter. Subpoenas may not
be issued pursuant to this section except by resolution adopted by a
two-thirds vote of Council.