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Transition Advisory Group

The 2010 year promises to be one of great challenge and change, as Cuyahoga County transitions from a county commissioner to an elected county executive and county council form of government. Other county offices will be eliminated and/or consolidated under the Charter, which becomes fully effective in January 2011.

As the Charter mandated Transition Advisory Group, we promise a transition process that will be open and accountable, designed to secure public confidence in and support for their county government. Already, numerous individuals and organizations, both internal and external have expressed a desire to be involved. We have publicly committed to actively and openly engage residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders in this historic opportunity for Cuyahoga County.

Gary Holland
James McCafferty
Joseph Nanni

Under the Charter, the Board of County Commissioners was required to designate three senior administrative officials of the County to act as a Transition Advisory Group. That group is charged with developing recommendations for the orderly and efficient transition to the Charter government. In December 2009, the Board of County Commissioners designated James McCafferty, Gary Holland and Joseph Nanni to serve as the Transition Advisory Group.

James McCafferty
James McCafferty
Appointed the County Administrator in July 2008, James McCafferty is the Chief Operating Officer of Ohio’s largest county, managing an annual budget of about $1.5 billion, with over 8000 employees.

Mr. McCafferty served 28 years in the Department of Children and Family Services, the last 7 years as Director.   Mr. McCafferty held many supervisory positions within the agency:  Child Sex Abuse Unit, Case Review Unit, Administrator in Direct Services, Deputy Director of Direct Services, and Deputy Director of Administrative Services. He began his career in social service work as a line social worker in Adult Services, where he developed, implemented and supervised Cuyahoga County’s Elder Abuse Hotline. 

Mr. McCafferty holds a Master of Social Science Administration degree from the Mandel School of Applied Science, of Case Western Reserve University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Xavier University.


Gary Holland
Gary Holland was appointed Director of the Department of Justice Affairs in November 2007, where he is responsible for a broad range of criminal justice programming for Cuyahoga County.   Among Mr. Holland’s areas of responsibility are juvenile justice and public safety grants management, emergency management planning and coordination, law enforcement information and referral operations, custody mediation, victim advocacy, addictive services for remanded adults and youth, justice system reform and transitional community reentry for adult felons. 

Prior to joining the county, Mr. Holland served as Director of the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency and the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Columbus.   Other public service assignments included work with the City of Cleveland as Assistant Safety Director and Executive Director of the Community Relations Board, Deputy Director of the Ohio Department of Highway (now Public) Safety, Executive Assistant to Governor Richard Celeste and two-terms on the Columbus Board of Education.    Mr. Holland has also served in the private sector as Corporate Vice President of Small Business Services/SBA Lending for KeyBank NA.

A graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Holland holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University.

Joseph Nanni
Joseph Nanni
Prior to being assigned to the Transition Advisory Group, Joseph Nanni served as Cuyahoga County’s Director of Human Resources since 2005.  In that capacity, Mr. Nanni directed human resources services in the areas of civil service compliance, personnel, labor relations and payroll services for over 3800 Board of County Commissioner employees.  He managed and procured health benefits for over  8000 county employees.   During his tenure, Human Resources began efforts to consolidate elected officials human resource functions into a single office and to regionalize benefits offerings for public employees.    

Before being named Human Resources Director, Mr. Nanni was a Senior Administrative Officer to the County Administrator and the loaned Executive to the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Convention Facilities Authority.   He served as a Special Assistant for Government Affairs for City of Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White.  Non profit sector experience included positions as Commercial Economic Development Director with Westown Community Development Corporation and licensed social worker for AprilCare Health Services. 

Mr.  Nanni is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.

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