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Welcome to the Inspector General Website
|Nailah K. Byrd is Cuyahoga County’s first Inspector General. She was appointed by Mr. Edward FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive, on February 7, 2011, in an effort to “ensure that ethics and integrity are a central feature of our County Government”.
She has a wealth of experience in both criminal prosecution and civil litigation. In her role as Inspector General, Ms. Byrd is responsible for investigating waste, fraud, corruption and abuse in Cuyahoga County, which has approximately 5,000 employees and an approximately $1.3 billion annual budget.
Ms. Byrd previously worked as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Prior to that, she practiced law in the litigation group at the international law firm of Squire Sanders & Dempsey, and then served as senior counsel at National City Bank/PNC, where she managed outside litigation counsel. She started her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County after graduating from law school. Ms. Byrd is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Ohio.
A graduate of the 2004 Bridge Builders class, Mrs. Byrd is also a member of Kaleidoscope Magazine’s 40 under 40. She previously served on the Magistrate Selection Committee for the Northern District of Ohio. She has been recognized as a top lawyer in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine and most recently was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine as a 2011 Women of Note finalist. Ms. Byrd lives with her husband, Ed, and her twin sons, Jalen and Khalil.
Message from the AIG
Welcome to the official website of the Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General. This site includes our semi-annual reports, copies of our published investigative reports, information about our agency and other valuable resources.
Cuyahoga County residents, employees and private entities doing business with the County are entitled to a government that supports a mission to detect, investigate and eliminate corruption, fraud, abuse, waste, criminal activity and conflicts of interest. Cuyahoga County’s Agency of Inspector General is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that County employees and vendors who do business with the County meet these fundamentally critical standards. This Agency is committed to restoring faith in County government.
As the first Inspector General of Cuyahoga County, I commit to you that if you report an allegation of wrongdoing to my Agency it will be fully investigated and when appropriate a referral for further governmental intervention or internal discipline will be made. It is no longer business as usual in Cuyahoga County. This is about a change in the way we do business. We owe it to ourselves, to the taxpayers and to the residents of the county to engage in business practices of the highest ethical standards.