Cuyahoga County

Prosecutor Michael C. O'Malley takes office


Michael C. O'Malley was sworn in as Cuyahoga County's 41st prosecuting attorney on Tuesday, ushering in what he promised to be a new era of public confidence in the prosecutor's office.

The former Parma Safety Director, Cleveland City Councilman and assistant prosecutor took the ceremonial oath of office at the former Cuyahoga County Courthouse, where his a late father worked as a plasterer out of a basement office five decades earlier. His 89-year-old mother held the Holy Bible.

A parade of speakers, including Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo painted O'Malley as a pragmatic and honest public servant.

O'Malley choked up at the beginning speech as he thanked his parents, Walter and Virginia O'Malley, and then launched into a series of thank-yous.

O'Malley learned to work together during his time in politics, representing Cleveland's southwest side on city council, he said. With him taking office, gone are the days of his predecessor, Timothy J. McGinty, a former judge who ran the office with a slash-and-burn approach to reform.

Under O'Malley, the office will work with judges, defense attorneys and the county to reform the criminal justice system, he said.

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