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Sheriff Clifford Pinkney


Sheriff Clifford Pinkney was confirmed as the Sheriff of Cuyahoga County in April of 2015. He holds nearly 30 years of service and experience at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and is the first African-American to serve as Sheriff in Cuyahoga County.

Sheriff Pinkney started his career with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in 1991. Prior to his appointment as Sheriff, he worked through the ranks as Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief Deputy. Sheriff Pinkney has been assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force and the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force as well as worked with DEA, Ohio HIDTA, and many of the Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.

Pinkney received extensive training in leadership and management over his tenure at the Sheriff’s Department. He is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 249 in Quantico, VA and the US Marshal’s Fugitive Academy at FLETC in Glynco, GA. Sheriff Pinkney serves on the board for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Ohio HIDTA (Vice Chairman), and the Legislative Affairs Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA). He also served on the Executive Steering Committee for the Republican National Convention (RNC) in 2016.

Sheriff Pinkney is a member of the following organizations: FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), International Association Chiefs of Police (IACP), Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association (CCPCA), Ohio Association Chiefs Police (OACP), Ohio Investigators Association (OIA), Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA), and the NAACP.

In his spare time, he has served as the Vice President of USA Boxing Lake Erie Association, where he works as a boxing referee and judge. Sheriff Pinkney also volunteers as a CYO youth basketball coach. Pinkney was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cleveland Heights High School (Class of 2016 Hall of Fame), and the Ohio State University.