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Budish Announces Mark Griffin as Inspector General, Michael Dever as Director of Public Works

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Emily Lundgard, (216) 348-4395


CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish today announced two additional senior staff nominations.

"Mark and Mike’s nominations reflect our continued efforts to find the best and the brightest individuals to lead County government," said Budish. "Mark will bring a strong reputation and extensive legal experience to the Office of the Inspector General. His experience fighting for whistleblowers will serve him well as Inspector General."

Graduating first in his class, Griffin earned his law degree from Case Western University School of Law, his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and his Bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Griffin is an attorney with Thorman Petrov Griffin where he represents employees, including whistleblowers who report wrong-doing, fraud, and corruption. Prior to joining Thorman Petrov Griffin, he was a partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks. Griffin has represented whistleblowers in state and federal court, the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Griffin has appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, as well as numerous Ohio Courts of Common Pleas.

"I’m proud to promote Mike Dever to Director of Public Works,” said Budish. "Mike’s years of experience in the Department of Public Works has shown him to be an excellent, qualified leader. Mike will provide the consistency and expertise to manage the hundreds of Public Works staff, as well as keep our major development projects moving ahead as we approach the Republican National Convention."

Dever has worked in the Department of Public Works since 2001, serving as the Deputy to the Sanitary Engineer and most recently as the Deputy Director and Maintenance Administrator since 2011. In that capacity, he manages over 350 employees in the divisions of Facilities, Sewers, Road and Bridge, Fleet, and Airport.

Mike earned his Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University’s, Levin College of Urban Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

As Director of Public Works, Dever will oversee a diverse staff of nearly 600 employees that plan, design, construct and/or maintain a network of Bridges, Buildings, and Sewers throughout Cuyahoga County. Additionally, the County’s Airport and Animal Shelter are under the charge of this Department. Dever will also be responsible for continuing supervision of major development projects such as, the construction of the Downtown Pedestrian Bridge and Towpath Trail Extension.