Ed Fitzgerald's Plan for Law Department Could Weaken Bill Mason

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Earlier this month, County Executive-elect Ed FitzGerald unveiled his plans for the county’s looming makeover. Already it appears Cuyahoga 2.0 will come equipped with its own turf war.

FitzGerald’s vision calls for a new director of law to handle the county’s legal business. Under our old-fashioned government, that role fell to the General Civil Division of Prosecutor Bill Mason’s office.
Since the prosecutor’s office is the only part of the county government not due to be blown up, confusion abounds over whether the new top lawyer will remain under Mason’s umbrella or operate independently. The new charter offers no insight on the matter.

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