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Cuyahoga County appoints new interim sheriff

Joseph Greiner is county's third sheriff since 2019
Posted at 1:54 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 13:54:08-05

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has appointed an eight-year veteran deputy as county sheriff, albeit for a temporary position until a permanent sheriff is presented and approved by county council.

According to Budish's office, Lt. Joseph Greiner joined the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office in 2012 as a deputy. He was promoted in 2017 to sergeant and then again in 2020 to lieutenant.

Prior to joining the sheriff’s office, Greiner worked for the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department. He has also been a police officer in Medina Township and an EMT in the U.S. Coast Guard, according to the county executive's office.

Greiner will serve in a temporary capacity until the permanent position is filled and approved by county officials.

In November 2020, Cuyahoga County Sheriff David Schilling announced that he would retire on Dec. 31. Schilling himself was confirmed as an interim sheriff in August 2019 and later become the county’s permanent pick until his retirement just a year later.

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Prior to Schilling, Clifford Pinkney served as the Cuyahoga County Sheriff from 2015 to 2019.

Pinkney had been with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office since 1991, serving as deputy, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and chief deputy.

While sheriff, Pinkney's department came under fire. It was the subject of a massive investigation and eight months of scrutiny concerning a series of inmate deaths and terrible jail conditions and protocols, which were outlined in a report released by the U.S. Marshals Office.

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