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Cuyahoga County corrections officer on leave for allegedly lying on job application

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-04 08:13:11-04

CLEVELAND — A corrections officer at Cuyahoga County Jail is on paid administrative leave for allegedly failing to disclose on her job application that she previously worked for the county’s juvenile court.

Corrections officer Leonor Rivera was placed on leave on May 1.

According to county records, Rivera was hired by the juvenile court in January 2017 but fired later that year in October. Rivera was then hired by the county jail in February 2018. But just last week, Rivera was allowed to “resign” from her position at the juvenile court despite having been fired in 2017.

A Cuyahoga County spokesperson said that while a third-party vendor that conducts background checks discovered Rivera previously worked for the juvenile court, the county “didn’t explore that” when she was hired to work at the jail.

According to the spokesperson, “that's not going to happen again,” and the county is intensifying its training regarding background checks.

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