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WATCH: Swearing-in ceremony for Cleveland's new safety director

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 14:45:43-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland officials have sworn in the city’s new Safety Director in a ceremony on Friday.

Karrie Howard was appointed as the city's new safety director.

Michael McGrath is resigning as the city’s Safety Director after 48 years of public service as a police officer, Chief of Police and director of the Department of Public Safety.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued this statement on McGrath’s resignation:

“I congratulate Michael McGrath on 48 years of public service as a police officer, as Chief of Police and as the director of the Department of Public Safety. McGrath’s career demonstrates what it means to be a true public servant. During my time as a Councilman, he was appointed by Mayor Michael White as Commander of a District that included a portion of my ward. He was appointed Chief of Police by Mayor Jane Campbell. I retained him as part of my administration because of his excellent service. He helped to develop our policies and procedures before we entered into the consent decree, many of which have helped us through the consent decree.”

You can also read McGrath’s farewell letter to his staff at the Public Safety Department here.