Chapter 208: Other Established Entities


Section 208.01 Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity

A. Composition: The Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity shall be first appointed in July of 2020 to obtain community input on the full range of equity issues in Cuyahoga County, and on an ad hoc basis as may be necessary to support the work of the County Executive, County Council, Equity Commission and/or Human Rights Commission, and shall be composed of fifteen (15) County residents, appointed by the Executive, and confirmed by Council, of which not more than three (3) may be employees of Cuyahoga County, and two (2) County residents, appointed by the County Council President, of which either or both may be employees of Cuyahoga County. Members shall each serve a staggered term of three years after the initial July 2020 appointments. Five members from the County Executive’s initial July 2020 appointees shall serve for a one year term, five members shall serve for a two year term, and five members shall serve for a three year term. The initial two members appointed by the County Council President shall serve a three year term. All appointees thereafter shall serve for three year terms. If a vacancy occurs, the original appointing authority shall appoint a replacement in the same manner as a regular appointment for the unexpired term. The County Executive and the Council shall use good faith efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in appointing the members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity. Members will serve without compensation, except for actual expenses.

B. Leadership and Staffing: The Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity shall choose its own leaders and develop its own rules of procedure, consistent with this section, other County ordinances, and the County Charter. The Executive shall provide staff support as needed.

C. Duties: The duties of the Citizens' Advisory Council on Equity shall include:

  1. Acting as a resource for information and advice for the Equity Commission and the Human Rights Commission
  2. Encouraging community outreach and public participation in the development of equity goals, strategies and programs
  3. Providing recommendations and input to the Executive and Council regarding the development of equity goals, strategies and programs
  4. Meeting publicly on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for the public to offer ideas and recommendations regarding equity
  5. Upon completing its work and at such other times as may be appropriate, the Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity shall provide a report of findings and recommendations for policies and programs from the Advisory Council and collected from the public regarding equity to the Executive and the Council. This report shall also be made available to the public online.


(Ordinance Nos. O2020-0018, Enacted 10/27/2020, Effective O2020-0014, Enacted 7/21/2020, Effective 8/1/2020; O2019-0002, Enacted 3/12/2019, Effective 3/18/2019; O2015-0007, Enacted 3/24/2015, Effective 4/25/2015; O2012-0014, Enacted 8/14/2012, Effective 9/19/2012)


Section 208.02 Reserved.

Section 208.03 Cuyahoga County Healthier Buckeye Council

A. A Cuyahoga County Healthier Buckeye Council is hereby established.

B. All members of the Economic Development Commission established pursuant to Cuyahoga County Charter Section 7.04 who meet the requirements of Ohio Revised Code Section 355.02 shall be members of the Cuyahoga County Healthier Buckeye Council. To the extent the Economic Development Commission deems it necessary, it is authorized to form an ad hoc committee and otherwise carry out the duties and responsibilities of local healthier buckeye councils as set forth in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 355. The Chairperson of the ad hoc committee shall serve as the staffing agent for the Cuyahoga County Healthier Buckeye Council.

(Ordinance No. O2015-0015, Enacted 1/12/2016, Effective 1/13/2016)


Section 208.04 Cuyahoga County Diversion Board

A. Establishment. There is, hereby, created the Cuyahoga County Diversion Board.

B. Composition: The Diversion Board shall first be appointed in March 2021 and shall be composed of nine (9) members, four (4) appointed by the Executive, two (2) appointed by the Council President, one (1) by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, one (1) by the Cuyahoga County Public Defender, and one (1) by the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Common Pleas Court General Division. No more than two (2) of the six (6) members appointed by the Executive and Council President may be employees of Cuyahoga County. The appointing authorities shall use good faith efforts to reflect the diversity of the people of the County in appointing the members of the Board. The four (4) members appointed by the County Executive shall be confirmed by the County Council.

  1. Members shall each serve three-year terms.

    a. Two (2) of the four (4) members appointed by the Executive shall have an initial term of three (3) years, and two (2) of the four (4) members appointed by the Executive shall have an initial term of one (1) year.

    b. One (1) of the two (2) members appointed by the Council President shall have an initial term of three (3) years and one (1) of the two (2) members shall have an initial term of one (1) year.

    c. The three (3) members appointed by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender, and the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Common Pleas Court General Division shall have an initial term of two (2) years.

    Thereafter, all terms shall be for three (3) years.
  2. Nothing in this section shall prohibit any initial appointee from being reappointed to the Diversion Board for a three-year term. If a vacancy occurs, the original appointing authority shall appoint a replacement in the same manner as the regular appointment for the unexpired term.
  3. Members shall serve without compensation, except for out of pocket expenses, approved by the Board.


C. Leadership and Staffing: The Diversion Board shall select a member to serve as Chair and shall choose and develop its own rules of procedure, consistent with this section, other County ordinances, and the County Charter; provided that the member selected to serve as Chair shall serve in that capacity for a period of three (3) years. The Executive shall provide staff support as needed.

D. Duties: The duties of the Diversion Board shall include:

  1. Acting as a resource for information and advice for the Diversion Operator, crisis intervention training teams and crisis response teams.
  2. Encouraging community outreach and public participation in the goals and strategies of the center.
  3. Providing recommendations and input to the Executive and County Council regarding the development of goals, strategies and programs.
  4. Meeting publicly on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for the public to offer ideas and recommendations regarding the center.
  5. Issue an annual report of findings and recommendations for policies by Jan. 31st each year using the data and metrics collected from the Diversion Center. This report shall also be made available to the public online.
  6. Encourage Hospitals, Mental Health providers and Substance abuse providers to be resources for the Board.


(
Ordinance No. O2021-0001, Enacted 2/23/2021, Effective 2/23/2021)