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    January 1st, 2015

    CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish was sworn into office at 12:01 a.m. with U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights administering the oath.

    Official inauguration ceremonies will be held on Jan. 4th beginning at 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St. Clair Ave.

    “I am grateful and optimistic for the opportunity to begin working with the dedicated public servants on behalf of the good people of Cuyahoga County,” Budish said. “We are at a pivotal point in our county’s history. Now is the time to come together – business, elected and community leaders, public servants and our citizens – because our collective potential is unlimited.”

    “The future is bright. I know that, with our talented and dedicated team of county employees, Cuyahoga County will become an economic powerhouse. I am ready to get to work.”



    December 18th, 2014

    CLEVELAND – County Executive-elect Armond Budish announced that his inauguration will take place on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland at 3 p.m..

    “I invite everyone to attend this free event and take part in celebrating this pivotal moment in our county’s history. We have so many opportunities for success before us. I look forward to working with a broad and diverse coalition of local leaders and community members to transform Cuyahoga County into an economic powerhouse,” Budish said.

    Doors will open for the inauguration at 2 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

    Community members interested in attending can learn more about the inauguration and RSVP using the following link:

    Inauguration Invite





    December 12th, 2014

    CLEVELAND— Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Armond Budish today named Sharon Sobol Jordan as his Chief of Staff for his administration, citing her extensive public, private and non-profit executive experience that includes running a large, effective organization, and her background in human services and her commitment to the community.

    Jordan, who is serving as a co-chair of the Budish Transition Team, is the President and CEO of The Centers for Families and Children, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland. The Centers serves more than 21,000 individuals each year from 20 sites and community outreach programs across Greater Cleveland, and provides a diverse slate of services and opportunities from education to healthcare.

    Budish said Jordan is well-respected throughout the community and will provide the leadership needed to move Cuyahoga County forward.

    “Sharon shares my vision for the future of Cuyahoga County. Her work with The Centers for Families and Children speaks volumes about her commitment to our community and her talent as an innovative CEO. Under her leadership, The Centers completed a successful merger, grew revenues, and started groundbreaking collaborative efforts like The 2000 Days Pledge. She is a world-class leader who is as comfortable in a boardroom talking to a CEO as she is looking into the eyes of those in our most vulnerable families. Her skills are rare and needed,” Budish said.

    Jordan said she is excited to get started once the transition work is completed.

    “I look forward to working with County Executive-elect Budish on turning our region into an economic powerhouse. We have tremendous challenges and unlimited opportunities to create jobs, strengthen our families, take advantage of our numerous natural assets and make our county a destination point for businesses and people alike,” Jordan said.

    Marc S. Byrnes, Chairman of the Oswald Companies, applauded Jordan’s selection and praised her work on behalf of Cleveland’s communities.

    “Sharon Sobol Jordan is a talented leader who will be able to help County Executive-elect Budish and his office accomplish their goals quickly and efficiently. She knows how to manage and administrate large businesses and she will bring people together to achieve our common goals. I look forward to working alongside them to continue to make this county and region stronger,” Byrnes said.

    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson also endorsed Jordan’s selection.

    “I congratulate County Executive-elect Armond Budish on his decision to appoint Sharon Sobol Jordan as his Chief of Staff. I have known Ms. Jordan for a number of years and she has participated in our Operations Efficiency Task Force, as well as The Cleveland Plan on Education and other city initiatives,” Jackson said. “Ms. Jordan understands the needs and processes at the City of Cleveland, having served as Director of Law and in other City leadership positions in the 1990’s.  She is an experienced and accomplished collaborator, having recently presided over this region’s largest and most successful merger of non-profit entities – Centers for Families and Children, West Side Ecumenical Ministry, and El Barrio – to create a leading provider of mental health/wellness and early child care services. Her talents and experience will make her an excellent Chief of Staff.”

    Jordan will officially begin her duties as chief of staff on Jan. 1st.


    Sharon Sobol Jordan

    Sharon Sobol Jordan Head ShotPrior to her time at The Centers for Families and Children, Jordan was a partner with the Cleveland law firm Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond.

    She later served as law director and special counsel to former Cleveland Mayor Michael White, and later as the chief operating officer & general counsel of The Centers for Families and Children, where she ascended to her current position.

    In addition, Jordan currently serves on the boards of the MetroHealth System, Cleveland Transformation Alliance, The City Club of Cleveland Foundation, Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, and PolicyBridge. Jordan was named the Nortech Innovative Leader of the Year, EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Crain’s Woman of Note and YWCA Woman of Achievement.

    Jordan earned her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Indiana University and her J.D. from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She lives in Chagrin Falls with her husband David Wallace. They have three children.



    November 20th, 2014

    Three Working Groups Reflect Broad Array of Civic and Community Leaders


    CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Armond Budish announced the formation of three policy working groups comprised of a broad array of civic and community leaders from throughout Cuyahoga County.  The policy working groups will focus on economic growth and jobs, improving the quality of life and place, and ensuring an effective and efficient government.

    U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, will serve as Chair of Chairs for the working groups, offering additional leadership and guidance to County Executive-Elect Budish.

    “I’m pleased to be serving as Chair of Chairs for the three working groups. We have assembled a broad array of civic leaders and citizens, and we are committed to being inclusive and seeking input,” Fudge said. “We are coming together as a community at a critical moment in our history, when our opportunities far outnumber our challenges, and our best days lie ahead.”

    “I want to thank this diverse and dedicated group of civic leaders and community members for supporting our transition team, and generously donating their time, energy and ideas so we can lay the foundation for a successful administration,” said Cuyahoga County Executive-elect Armond Budish. “These three working groups reflect a cross section of our county.  Their unique perspectives and backgrounds will be critical in helping us define opportunities to grow our economy and create jobs, improve our quality of life and run an effective and efficient government.”

    Beth E. Mooney will chair the Economic Growth and Opportunity Working Group.  Ms. Mooney is the Chairman & CEO of KeyCorp and the Director for the Greater Cleveland Partnership.  The group will work together to find new opportunities to create and retain jobs, train and develop the workforce, and break the cycle of poverty.

    Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation will chair the Quality of Life Working Group.  The group will focus on protecting and growing regional assets, like Lake Erie and fiber-optics, assessing challenges, and maximizing regional opportunities to make Cuyahoga County a destination point for companies and families.

    Warrensville Heights Mayor Bradley D. Sellers will chair the Effective and Efficient Government Working Group, which will work collaboratively to find new ways to invest in the county workforce, bring county leaders together and manage public finances effectively and accountably.


    Click here to read more about the members of the transition’s working groups: Transition Working Group bios

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