Cuyahoga County Appoints New Sheriff’s Department Chief

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23-Year Veteran Chief Pinkney First African-American to Serve as Chief

Cuyahoga County – Sheriff Frank Bova promoted Clifford Pinkney to Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department Chief, 2nd in Command to Sheriff Bova.  Chief Pinkney is the county’s first African-American Chief.  He has 23 years of service with the Sheriff’s Department, starting as a Deputy Sheriff in 1991, working his way up through the ranks. 

In 1993 he was promoted to Detective, to the Narcotics Bureau in 1998, and then served on the FBI Task Force, dealing with gangs, drugs and wiretaps.  Chief Pinkney was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and the Sex Offender Unit in 2007.  Chief was assigned to the U.S. Marshal Violent Fugitive Task Force in 2009 and attended the U.S. Marshal Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia.  In 2012, Chief Pinkney graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. During his career he has participated in multiple high-profile cases, winning awards for service and actions at every level. 

Sheriff Bova said, “Chief Cliff Pinkney will help lead the Sheriff’s Department in continuing its mission of assisting our local law enforcement partners.  His extensive experience, integrity and record make him a valuable member of our team and I am looking forward to working with him as we move forward.”  

“We are proud to promote Cliff Pinkney to Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department Chief,” said County Executive Ed FitzGerald.  “His long service has been filled with dedication and accomplishment and we look forward to even more success for the Sheriff’s Department under the leadership of Sheriff Bova and Chief Pinkney.”