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Sheriff Clifford Pinkney


Sheriff Clifford Pinkney was confirmed as the Sheriff of Cuyahoga County in April of 2015. With 25 years of service and experience at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Pinkney is the first African-American to serve as Sheriff in Cuyahoga County.

Sheriff Pinkney was Chief Deputy under Sheriff Frank Bova. Sheriff Pinkney has been assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force and the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force as well as worked with the DEA, Ohio HIDTA, and many of the Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Pinkney has completed several Leadership and Management courses and schools over his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 249.

Pinkney is also a member of the following organizations: FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Cuyahoga County Police Chief’s Association (CCPCA), Ohio Association Chief’s Police (OACP), Ohio Investigators Association (OIA), the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association (BSSA) and the NAACP.

In his spare time, he is the Vice President of USA Boxing Lake Erie Association, where he also serves as a boxing referee and Judge. Sheriff Pinkney also volunteers as a Youth basketball coach. Pinkney was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and he attended the Ohio State University.