I-Team: Cuyahoga County sheriff says he’s retiring

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio- The FOX 8 I-Team has confirmed Cuyahoga County sheriff Cliff Pinkney is stepping down.

A county spokesperson said sheriff Cliff Pinkney is leaving for personal reasons.

Spokesperson Mary Louise Madigan said, “We thank him for his long and distinguished service, and we wish him well.”

The sheriff told the I-Team he's retiring after nearly 30 years of service. He said his last day will be August 2.

Pinkney’s department has been under intense scrutiny due to a series of inmate deaths in the county jail and deplorable conditions there.

The administration of County Executive Armond Budish said the county will begin the process of finding a replacement immediately.

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