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Sheriff Frank Bova Named Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association 2014 Person of the Year

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Emily Lundgard, (216) 348-4395
John O’Brien, (216) 698-3396

Cleveland, OH – Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova has been named the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association 2014 Person of the Year. The annual award is given to outstanding law enforcement officers and supporters for their specific acts, leadership or careers of accomplishment dedicated to serving the community.

"For a lifetime, Sheriff Bova has made Cuyahoga County a better and safer place," said County Executive Armond Budish. "He is an esteemed leader in Cuyahoga County’s public safety community and he is and will continue to be a valuable member of my leadership team. His dedication to public safety is rooted in generations of family law enforcement and he lives that tradition of honor, service and respect for all."

For sixteen years, Bova served the City of Cleveland as a Police Officer, leaving as Officer in Charge of the 6th District Vice and Strike Force units in 2000. In December 2000, Sheriff Bova was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Warrensville Heights. Following an interim appointment as Cuyahoga County Sheriff (March to May 2009), Sheriff Bova returned as Chief of the Warrensville Heights Police Department, serving proudly in that role for a total of ten years.

Frank Bova was appointed Sheriff of Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department on March 19, 2013. Since that time, Bova has focused on department modernization and strengthening partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Noteworthy accomplishments include: becoming one of the first jail institutions in America to utilize electronic medical records; verifying the addresses of all sex offenders, not just mandated Tier II and III offenders; and creating a focus on the importance of prevention and reentry programs to reduce jail recidivism.

Past recipients of the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association Person of the Year Award include Samuel Miller, Co-Chairman Emeritus of Forest City Enterprises and Steve Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland Division of FBI. Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association will present Sheriff Bova with the award in a ceremony at Landerhaven this Saturday, January 17.