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Cuyahoga County Jail may have a new jail director

Cuyahoga County jail
Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 16:45:11-04

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Jail has extended an offer to someone for the jail director position.

Rhonda Gibson was offered the position this week, according to a Cuyahoga County spokesperson.

She currently works for Lorain County.

Gibson has not accepted or denied the position yet, the representative said.

Earlier this month, interim jail director George Taylor retired.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Gerome assumed Taylor’s duties April 7, a county representative said.

The jail and its administrators have been under constant scrutiny since the U.S. Marshals report came out in late November 2018.

The report described a horrid picture of what inmates inside the jail are forced to live in. According to the report, incarcerated individuals live day-to-day in an inhumane environment and have their very basic civil liberties withheld — sometimes as a form of punishment by staff.

In the wake of the report, the U.S. Marshals, who hold their federal inmates at the facility, pulled them out of the downtown jail.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said the jail review team found the Cuyahoga County Jail to be "one of the worst in the country."

RELATED: Interim Cuyahoga County Jail Director to retire next month

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