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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish selects new sheriff

Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 12:43:13-05

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has tapped a veteran Cleveland lawman as the county’s new sheriff.

Budish announced Tuesday that Christopher Paul Viland has been selected. The appointment will be sent to the county council for consideration and approval.

According to the county, Viland served as police inspector general for Cleveland’s Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, from 1987 to 2019. Prior to that, Viland worked for the city of Solon as a police officer from 2011 to 2019 where he served in the patrol, detective and various supervisory positions.

“With more than 33 years of experience, Christopher is a proven leader in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice,” said Budish. “His commitment to the safety of our residents through his roles with the City of Cleveland and the City of Solon prove that he would be a great fit as Cuyahoga County Sheriff.”

Officials said the hearing schedule for when it will consider Viland is up to county council, so at this time there isn’t a date for when Viland will take on the mantle of sheriff.

In the meantime, Lt. Joseph Greiner of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office will serve as interim sheriff. Greiner's role as interim sheriff was announced Tuesday.

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