DeWine: Law director nominee not qualified

3:16 PM, Mar 1, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says nominee Gregory Clifford is not qualified to be county council's law director.

The Cuyahoga Cuonty Council had asked for an opinion from DeWine after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald nominated Clifford for the job.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason had also asked DeWine for an opinion after council asked him last week for his opinion on the wording of the new county charter.

Council will likely either vote down FitzGerald's nominee Tuesday afternoon or Clifford will withdraw his name from consideration.

FitzGerald told council that Clifford's experience as chief magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court satisfied a charter requirement.

(The charter states the law director must have five years' experience representing municipalities.)

"Council members will have to take this opinion seriously as we consider whether to confirm the county executive's appointment," Council President C. Ellen Connally said, in a statement relased mid-Tuesday.


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