Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish named former county Prosecutor Bill Mason as the executive’s chief of staff June 12. He will start in the role effective July 15. 

Mason served as partner in charge of Bricker and Eckler’s Cleveland office and prior to that, was the county prosecutor from 1999 to 2012, according to a news release. 

While at Cuyahoga County, Mason created the Community Based Prosecution (CBP) Unit, which is a partnership between the prosecutor’s office and local residents, according to the release. He also created and chaired the statewide Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

“Bill has a longstanding commitment to the county and has been a leader in many aspects of reform that I consider crucial to this county,” Budish said in the release. “He was one of the leaders in getting our new system of government in place and has been a leader in both justice reform and sustainability, both of which are key aspects of my vision for this county.”

He also chaired the Agency Council for Cuyahoga County Justice System Reform, a county-wide initiative with a goal to improve justice system, and the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force.

“I look forward to joining the county administration and helping County Executive Budish achieve his vision of a county where people have equal access to justice and opportunity,” Mason said in the release. “The administration’s focus on impacting climate change locally is also very compelling to me. I am excited to become part of the team.”

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