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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find information about filing deadlines and requirements for the County Council Executive and County Council seats?

A: You can find this information at the Board of Elections.

Q: Please explain what tasks will be expected of volunteers for the transition.

A: Volunteers are expected to have skill sets commensurate with their interest or professional experience. Volunteers will be asked to work in appropriate areas to offer recommendations to the Transition Executive Committee on organizational structure, cost efficiency, policy and programs. All volunteers are expected to be familiar with relevant articles and sections of the Charter of Cuyahoga County.

Q: How many anticipated / approximate hours, and how often would volunteers meet?

A: The time commitment will depend on the particular workgroup or subgroup, i.e., a task may require more research, drafting and vetting in one area of county government operations than another. The co-chairs of the respective workgroups will meet monthly until November 2010. As you may know, we have over 1000 volunteers for this critical process. We are trying to identify the best way possible to ensure relevant participation by all. Among other things, we anticipate using online meetings (webinars) for specific workgroups as well live (in person) focus groups.  

Q: What will transition volunteers be working on?

A: Volunteers will be encouraged to work with the established workgroups with an expectation that a thorough review of county government will lead to recommendations or endorsement of best practices, cost saving measures or proposed priorities for the elected and appointed administrators and council. The workgroups are: Finance and Administration; Justice Services; Human Services; Human Resources; Information Technology; Procurement and Public Works; Economic Development; County Council Planning; Boards and Commissions; and Human Capital/Quality Places. , Further, a Public Engagement Committee to maintain external communications via various media is available as an ex officio extension of the workgroups.

Q: How were the chairs of the workgroups selected?

A: To expedite the implementation of charter provisions requiring the Transition Advisory Group (TAG) to "...develop recommendations for the orderly and efficient transition to the County government..." the co-chairs of each workgroup were selected by the TAG, representatives of New Cuyahoga Now and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Criteria included knowledge of county government and operation expertise (county representatives) and subject matter expertise (private/civic representatives). Co-chairs were expected to have sufficient resources at their command to complete task assignments and timely report to the Transition Executive Committee. Chairs and co-chairs of the workgroups include representatives of organized labor, the private sector and public officials. Former opponents of Issue 6 – which county voters passed last November to authorize a new, county executive form of Cuyahoga County government – have also been added to the process. View the organizational chart.

Q: If I am not a Cuyahoga county resident, am I still allowed to participate in a workgroup?

A: Citizens and residents of Cuyahoga County are encouraged to participate in this transparent process. However, individuals with special skill sets or knowledge will not be excluded from advising the transition managers.