Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney is stepping down

(Cleveland) - Clifford Pinkney is stepping down from office. Cuyahoga County's first African-American sheriff, submitted a letter of resignation today.

Pinkney is departing for "personal reasons", with the official letter of resignation to be released on Tuesday. The search for a new sheriff is currently underway.

Pinkney became sheriff in April 2015, and was a 28-year veteran of the department.

His departure comes after much controversy regarding the running of the Cuyahoga County Jail.

The jail suffered 9 inmate deaths recently, which culminating in the resignation of the head of the jail. Five jailers were taken into custody by their own department on charges of turning off cameras and other misconduct.

The Sheriff's office has also seen controversy, former Sheriff Gerald McFaul Sr. was forced to resign after press reports of his corruption. He was accepting cash payments from employees for promotions and other favors. He was later convicted on corruption charges. As a result of this scandal, the position of sheriff was made one that was appointed by county officials.

McFaul was replaced by Sheriff Bob Reid, who was then chief of police in Bedford, Ohio. Reid was asked to resign in January 2013.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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