Cuyahoga County hires new warden for troubled jail

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — Cuyahoga County has hired a new warden for the troubled county jail, the I-Team was first to report Monday.

The county is breaking new ground hiring a woman to the position. The I-Team reports the jail will now have a female jail administrator and a female warden.

In a press release Monday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced Michelle Henry as the new Cuyahoga County warden. Budish said Henry most recently served as Correction Warden Assistant I at the Lorain Correctional Institution where “she conducted investigations, served as a liaison for outside law enforcement agencies, and conducted security inspections and surveillance.”

The I-Team’s Ed Gallek reports the new warden will make $96,000 a year.

The Cuyahoga County Jail has undergone sweeping reforms after a series of inmate deaths which revealed widespread problems and horrific conditions inside the jail.

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