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Chapter 202: County Executive and Departments

Sections 202.01 - 202.03 Reserved.

Section 202.04 Department of Public Works

  1. The Department of Public Works is hereby established under the supervision of the County Executive and the Director of Public Works who, pursuant to Article V of the Charter, shall be appointed by the County Executive, subject to confirmation by Council, and shall serve at the pleasure of the County Executive. 
  2. The duties and functions of the former Department of Central Services shall be incorporated into the Department of Public Works unless otherwise provided for in the Code of Cuyahoga County.  The Department of Public Works shall contain the following divisions and sections: (a) Finance and Planning Division, containing a Finance and a Planning Section, (b) Maintenance Division, (c) County Engineer Division, containing a Design Section and a Construction Section, and (d) Animal Shelter Division.
  3. The person hired by the Department of Public Works to perform the duties declared by general law to be done by a County Engineer shall possess the credentials for a County Engineer that are required by the Ohio Revised Code, which are currently that the County Engineer be both a registered professional engineer and a registered surveyor, licensed to practice in the State of Ohio.
  4. The operations of the Cuyahoga County Airport, including, but not limited to, all functions, duties, responsibilities, employees and assets of the Airport are hereby transferred from the Department of Development to the Department of Public Works.  The operations shall be allocated within the established divisions under the Department of Public Works as applicable.  Notwithstanding the foregoing sentences of this Section (D), the economic development interests of the County with regard to the facilities, tenants, prospective tenants/businesses and parcels of the County Airport shall remain the responsibility of the Department of Development.  
  5. With the consent of the County Executive, the Director of Public Works is authorized to employ persons in the service of the Department within established budgetary parameters and in compliance with the Human Resources policies and procedures of the County.  Nothing in Section 202.04 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of Department of Public Works to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law.  
(Ordinance Nos. O2012-0035, Enacted 1/22/2013, Effective 1/24/2013; O2011-0027, Enacted 7/12/2011, Effective 8/11/2011; O2011-0011, Enacted 2/15/2011, Effective 2/22/2011; O2011-0010, Enacted 2/15/2011, Effective 2/22/2011)

Section 202.05 Department of Law

  1. The Cuyahoga County Department of Law
    1. There is hereby established the Department of Law for Cuyahoga County, to be officially called “The Cuyahoga County Department of Law.” 
    2. For convenience, the Cuyahoga County Department of Law may also be referred to as the “Cuyahoga County Law Department” or the County’s “Law Department” in correspondence, legislation, or as is otherwise necessary or convenient.
    3. For convenience, the Director of Law may also be referred to as the County’s “Law Director” in correspondence, legislation, or as is otherwise necessary or convenient, and the term “Law Director” shall be accorded the same meaning as “Director of Law.”
    4. The Director of Law shall exercise all powers, duties, and responsibilities that s/he may exercise under the Cuyahoga County Charter, and s/he shall have all powers, duties, and responsibilities to advise and represent the County in all legal matters and proceedings.  The Director of Law and, as the Director of Law deems appropriate, his/her designee(s) within the Department of Law shall have the power to waive conflicts of interest relating to the retention of outside counsel and Department attorneys and staff.  If the Director of Law and all of his/her designee(s) are unable to grant such a waiver because they have a conflict of interest pursuant to the Ohio Code of Professional Conduct, the Inspector General or, as the Inspector General deems appropriate, his/her designee(s) shall have the power to waive such conflicts.
    5. The powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Director of Law shall be broadly construed, and the listing of any specific powers, duties, or responsibilities of the Director of Law in this section or any other section of the Cuyahoga County Code shall not be construed to exclude any other powers, duties, or responsibilities of the Director of Law existent under the County Charter, its home rule powers, or the general law of the State of Ohio.
    6. The Director of Law shall supervise and manage the Department of Law and may employ such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as s/he determines to be reasonably necessary to assist him/her in carrying out his/her powers and duties and as is consistent with approved budgetary parameters determined by Council.
    7. The Department of Law shall contain the following divisions: (1) General Division and (2) Risk Management Division.  The General Division shall contain the following sections: (a) Labor and Employment; (b) Open Meetings and Public Records; (c) Budget and Finance; (d) Legislation; (e) Contracting, Procurement and Real Estate; (f) Environmental; and (g) Charter and Constitutional Law.  The specific goals, duties and activities of the Department’s divisions and sections shall be further determined by the Director of Law.  Since all employees in the Law Department hold fiduciary relationships and regularly interact with sensitive and confidential information and materials, including materials and documents protected by the attorney-client privilege, all employees in every division and section in the Law Department are and shall remain at-will, unclassified employees.  Nothing in Section 202.05 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of Law to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or any other reason permitted by law.
  2. Department of Law’s Budget.
    1. A proposed operating budget shall be presented to Council for approval at such time as the Director of Law and the County Council are able to create a schedule of estimated revenues and proposed expenditures for the Department of Law.
    2. The requirement for a proposed budget shall not prohibit the Director of Law from proceeding with the creation and maintenance of the Department of Law, including the reasonable hiring of Department attorneys or other staff, while the proposed budget is being formulated.  
(Ordinance Nos. O2012-0001, Enacted 1/24/2012, Effective 1/29/2012; O2011-0029, Enacted 7/26/2011, Effective 7/29/2011; O2011-0016, Enacted 4/19/2011, Effective 4/25/2011)                      

Section 202.06 Reserved.

Section 202.07 Sheriff's Department

  1. The Sheriff’s Department is hereby established, and it shall be its own appointing authority pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Cuyahoga County Charter.   
  2. The Sheriff’s Department shall be under the direction of the County Sheriff.  The Sheriff’s Department and its employees shall aid and assist the County Sheriff in carrying out the powers, duties, and responsibilities that are assigned to the Sheriff by the general law, the County Charter, and by County law.  With the approval of the County Executive, the Sheriff shall employ and supervise such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as are reasonably necessary to carry out the Department’s functions.  All employees assigned to the County Sheriff are hereby assigned to the Sheriff’s Department.  Nothing in the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the County Sheriff to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law or County law.
  3. The Sheriff’s Department shall include, but is not limited to, the following divisions:
    1. Division of Civil Court Orders whose responsibility shall be to carry out court orders.
    2. Division of Corrections whose responsibility shall be the administration and operation of the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center;
    3. Division of Law Enforcement whose responsibility shall be the law enforcement duties of county sheriffs.
    4. Division of Protective Services whose responsibility shall be the provision of security services for county offices and buildings where the County Sheriff determines that such services should be provided using County personnel.  Protective Services Officers shall be considered County security personnel who are not law enforcement officers.  The Sheriff shall determine the training necessary for the certification of Protective Services Officers.  Such training shall, at a minimum, include satisfactory completion of programs that have been approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission designed to qualify persons for positions as security guards.
  4. Authority to Carry Weapons:
    1. Employees of the Sheriff’s Department who are authorized to carry weapons pursuant to general law shall comply with all state and federal laws governing certification and re-certification necessary to carry weapons.
    2. Where general law does not govern the certification and re-certification of employees to carry weapons, the following provisions shall apply:
      1. The Sheriff may issue firearms, other intermediate weapons (e.g., pepper spray), and/or hard controls (e.g., handcuffs) to any employees in the Sheriff’s Department who are specifically pre-authorized by the Sheriff and are designated in the Department’s written policies and procedures.  The Sheriff shall have the power to commission employees in the Sheriff’s Department to carry firearms if the employee has successfully completed the firearms training and requalification programs that are required by law for Deputy Sheriffs.  The Sheriff may permit employees to carry intermediate weapons and hard controls if the employee has successfully completed required training as determined by the Sheriff. 
    3. The Sheriff shall ensure that the Department’s continuum of force policy applies to all employees who carry weapons.  All employees who carry weapons shall properly secure firearms or other weapons, while on duty and off as required by the Sheriff. 

(Ordinance No. O2013-0015, Enacted 7/23/2013, Effective 7/30/2013)

Section 202.08 Department of Development

  1. The Department of Development shall contain the following divisions: (1) Division of Economic Development, (2) Division of Community Development, (3) Division of Regulatory Compliance & Monitoring, and (4) Division of Fiscal Services. The duties, functions and employees of the Department of Development shall be incorporated into the divisions listed herein. Such duties and functions of the Department of Development shall include the economic development interests of the County with regard to the facilities, tenants, prospective tenants/businesses and parcels of the County Airport.
  2. Nothing in Section 202.08 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of the Department of Development to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law.  
(Ordinance No. O2012-0030, Enacted 1/22/2013, Effective 1/24/2013)

Section 202.09 Reserved.

Section 202.10 Department of Health and Human Services

  1. There is hereby established the Department of Health and Human Services.  The duties, functions, and employees of the former Departments of Children & Family Services, Employment & Family Services, Cuyahoga Support Enforcement Agency, and Senior & Adult Services, each of which have historically operated as its own department, shall be incorporated as three separate divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services.  These divisions shall be known as Cuyahoga Job and Family Services, Children and Family Services, and Senior and Adult Services,  Each of these divisions will be supervised by an Administrator who will report to the Director of Health and Human Services.
  2. The Department of Health and Human Services shall also contain the Community Initiatives Division, consisting of the Family and Children First Council, the Office of Early Childhood, the Office of Homeless Services, and the Office of Re-entry.
  3. The Department of Health and Human Services shall also contain the Office of the Director.
  4. The Director of Health and Human Services is hereby authorized to employ and supervise deputies, assistants and employees as shall be conducive to the efficient performance of the duties of the Department of Health and Human Services and is consistent with approved budgetary parameters determined by Council.
  5. Health and Human Services Planning Process
    1. The County Executive and the Director of Health and Human Services shall prepare and present to Council by July 1, 2017, a proposed five-year Health and Human Services Plan which may include any or all of the following elements and any other elements at the discretion of the Director of Health and Human Services:
      1. A map showing what health and human services are currently available in Cuyahoga County and who provides them;
      2. An identification of needs and gaps in Cuyahoga County’s health and human services and an assessment of the adequacy of current funding sources to meet those needs and gaps;
      3. A statement of priorities and goals for the Department of Health and Human Services; 
      4. Identification of best strategies for implementing a prevention-oriented approach designed to reduce long-term demand for services;
      5. A plan for creating more effective collaborations among the divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services and community agencies to achieve greater efficiency, reduce overlap, and more accessible intake procedures, while also ensuring compliance with all applicable laws related to information sharing;
      6. Identification of strategies for making better use of technology and business improvement models to improve service delivery;
      7. Identification of strategies for helping people gain well-compensated employment and economic self-sufficiency through collaboration among the health and human services system and other large systems in our community, including workforce development, economic development, education, criminal justice, and others as appropriate; and 
      8. Identification of measurement strategies to assess progress made in achieving the priorities and goals set forth in the plan
    2. The Director of Health and Human Services is encouraged to facilitate involvement by members of County Council, other stakeholders, and the public during the planning process. 
    3. No later than ninety days after the plan is presented to Council, the Council may adopt the plan with such changes as the Council and the Executive shall agree upon prior to adoption.  If the Council fails to act within ninety days, the plan shall become effective as presented. 
    4. The County Executive and the Director of Health and Human services shall present a revision of the five-year Health and Human Services plan every four years after the presentation of the original plan and may at their sole discretion present revisions in the interim.  Revisions of the Health and Human Services Plan shall be reviewed by Council as provided in paragraph (E)(3) of this Section.
    5. The Director of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the County Executive, may contract for professional services to assist in preparing the Health and Human Services Plan, consistent with the procedures for contracting, procurement, and budgeting provided in Title 5 and Title 7 of this Code. 
    6. The Director of Health and Human Services shall maintain a copy of the current Health and Human Services Plan and each prior plan that became effective on the appropriate County website.
  6. Nothing in Section 202.10 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law.
  7. Displacement rights following the abolishment of a position within the Department of Health and Human Services are hereby delineated and wholly defined as displacement within the Division to which each employee is assigned (i.e., the Division of Children and Family Services; the Division of Senior and Adult Services; Cuyahoga Job and Family Services; or, the Division of Community Initiatives Services).  In the case of the employees of the Office of the Director, displacement rights shall be limited to that office.
  8. No employee within the Department of Health and Human Services may displace another employee who has more retention points, regardless of the classification of either employee.
  9. Section 202.10 of the Cuyahoga County Code specifically overrides any and all conflicting ordinances, as well as the provision set forth in OAC 123:1-41-12(E) that creates an additional displacement category for employees of county departments of job and family services defined as displacement in classifications previously held.  Unless provided for otherwise in a collective bargaining agreement, in which case the terms of the agreement shall apply, employees in the Department of Health and Human Services shall have only those displacement rights contained herein.

(Ordinance Nos. O2016-0011, Enacted 9/13/2016, Effective 10/7/2016; O2013-0004, Enacted 5/28/2013, Effective 5/31/2013; O2012-0029, Enacted 10/23/2012, Effective 10/24/2012; O2011-0045, Enacted 10/11/2011, Effective 10/12/2011)

Section 202.11 Reserved.

Section 202.12 Department of Public Safety and Justice Services

  1. The Department of Public Safety and Justice Services is hereby officially established, and it shall be its own appointing authority pursuant to Section 9.04 of the Cuyahoga County Charter.
  2. The duties, functions, and employees of the former Department of Justice Affairs, which has historically operated as its own department, are hereby incorporated into the herein established Department of Public Safety and Justice Services.  The Department of Public Safety and Justice Services shall contain the following divisions and sections: 
    1. Public Safety & Justices Services Administration,
    2. Public Safety Grants,
    3. Information Technology, containing the Cuyahoga Regional Information System section,
    4. Office of Emergency Management, containing the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System section,
    5. Witness/Victim, and
    6. Mediation.   
  3. The specific goals, duties, and activities of the Department of Public Safety and Justice Services and its divisions shall be further determined by the County Executive who shall employ and supervise a Director and such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as shall be reasonably necessary in carrying out the duties of the new Department of Public Safety and Justice Services.  Nothing in Section 202.12 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of the Department of Public Safety and Justice Services to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law.  
(Ordinance No. O2011-0037, Enacted 9/13/2011, Effective 9/14/2011) 

Section 202.13 Department of Regional Collaboration

  1. A Department of Regional Collaboration under the supervision of the County Executive is hereby established to advocate for and promote cooperation and collaboration with and among the State of Ohio and other political subdivisions.
  2. The specific goals, duties and activities of the Department of Regional Collaboration shall be further determined by the County Executive who shall employ and supervise a Director and such number of deputies, assistants and employees as shall be reasonably necessary to assist the County Executive in carrying out the duties of the new Department of Regional Collaboration.
  3. A proposed operating budget shall be presented to Council for approval at such time as the County Executive is able to create a schedule of estimated revenues and proposed expenditures for the Department of Regional Collaboration.  

(Ordinance No. O2011-0009, Enacted 4/19/2011, Effective 4/25/2011)

Section 202.14 Department of Communications

  1. The Department of Communications is hereby officially established, and it shall be its own appointing authority pursuant to Section 9.04 of the Cuyahoga County Charter. 
  2. The specific goals, duties, and other communications-related activities of the Department of Communications shall be further determined by the County Executive who shall employ and supervise a Director and such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as shall be reasonably necessary in carrying out the duties of the Department of Communications.  Nothing in Section 202.14 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Director of the Department of Communications to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law.

(Ordinance No. O2011-0051, Enacted 11/9/2011, Effective 11/10/2011)

Section 202.15 Department of Information Technology

  1. The Department of Information Technology is hereby officially established, and, for the specific purposes stated in Section 9.04 of the Cuyahoga County Charter, shall be its own appointing authority.
  2. The powers and duties of the former Automatic Data Processing Board and Data Information Center shall be transferred to the Department of Information Technology.  All property, records, and equipment of the Automatic Data Processing Board and Data Information Services Center shall be transferred to the Department of Information Technology.
  3. Unless otherwise specified in the Code of Cuyahoga County, the Department of Information Technology shall coordinate the use of all automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, computer hardware, information technology and/or information technology services in use by the various Cuyahoga County government offices, departments, agencies, boards and commissions that are under the jurisdiction of the Charter.  All contracts for automatic or electronic data processing or record-keeping equipment, software, computer hardware, information technology and/or information technology services shall be presented to the Department of Information Technology for review and approval prior to presentation to the appropriate authority, as determined by Chapter 501 of the Cuyahoga County Code, for final approval of contracts. 
  4. Notwithstanding Section 202.15(C) above, nothing in this section is intended to be construed to place the Regional Enterprise Data Sharing System (“REDSS”) or the REDSS Advisory Board under the purview of the Department of Information Technology.
  5. The specific goals, duties, and other related activities of the Department of Information Technology shall be determined by a director known as the “Chief Information Officer” who shall serve at the pleasure of the County Executive and who, with the approval of the County Executive pursuant to Charter Section 2.03(1), shall employ and supervise such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as shall be reasonably necessary to carrying out the duties of the Department of Information Technology and such other persons as are specifically designated by the Charter or by the Cuyahoga County Code to exercise the functions of the Department of Information Technology as specified herein.  
  6. The Department of Information Technology shall be comprised of the staff of the Chief Information Officer and the following divisions: Human Services Applications, Justice Services Applications, Enterprise Services Applications, and Infrastructure Operations.  Nothing in Section 202.15 of the Cuyahoga County Code is intended to limit the ability of the County Executive and the Chief Information Officer to abolish positions for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of operations or for any other reason permitted by general law. 
(Ordinance No. O2012-0012, Enacted 6/12/2012, Effective 6/14/2012)

Section 202.16 Department of Consumer Affairs

  1. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs
    1. There is hereby established the Department of Consumer Affairs for Cuyahoga County under the supervision of the County Executive and the Fiscal Officer.
    2. The official title of the department established in this section shall be the “Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs.”
    3. For convenience, the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs may also be referred to as the County’s “Department of Consumer Affairs” or “Consumer Affairs Department” in correspondence, legislation, or as is otherwise necessary or convenient.
    4. The Department of Consumer Affairs shall consist of the following divisions: (a) Weights and Measures, and (b) Consumer Protection.
    5. The Department of Consumer Affairs shall have jurisdiction over all consumer transactions which take place within Cuyahoga County, regardless of the residence of any of the persons directly or indirectly affected by such transaction, unless prohibited by the Charter or general law.
    6. The functions, employees, duties and responsibilities of the former Department of Weights and Measures are hereby incorporated into the Department of Consumer Affairs.
    7. The duties and responsibilities of the Division of Consumer Protection shall include:
      1. Promoting consumer/financial literacy and asset building in Cuyahoga County;
      2. Investigating alleged violations of laws relating to Weights and Measures as provided by the Ohio Revised Code, and referring such violations to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Ohio Attorney General, or other agencies if appropriate.
      3. Educating consumers and businesses about laws related to consumer protection;
      4. Mediating disputes between consumers and businesses related to consumer protection complaints;
      5. Collaborating with businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies on programs related to consumer affairs issues;
      6. Advising, when requested, the County Executive and the County Council on policies and programs related to consumer protection; and
      7. Such other duties and responsibilities as provided by Ordinance of Cuyahoga County.
  2. The Director of Consumer Affairs
    1. There shall be a Director of Consumer Affairs who shall lead the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Director shall have thorough knowledge of county, state, and federal consumer protection laws; experience in the areas of consumer protection and education, the promotion of fair business practices, and the investigation, mediation and resolution of consumer complaints and issues; demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities required in managing a division within a consumer affairs organization including directing budget, personnel, fiscal, supply and other administrative functions of an organization; and experience establishing collaborative relationships with business, non-profit and public entities for the purpose of addressing consumer protection issues.
    2. The Director of Consumer Affairs shall be responsible for fulfilling the duties of the Department of Consumer Affairs and is authorized to hire personnel in the Department of Consumer Affairs to aid and assist the Director in the proper discharge of his or her duties and powers, subject to the approval of the County Executive; consistency with the Human Resources policies and procedures of the County, the County Charter and general law; and budgetary constraints set by County Council and the County Executive.  
(Ordinance No. O2011-0053, Enacted 12/11/2012; Effective 1/11/2013)  

Section 202.17 Reserved.

Section 202.18 Department of Sustainability

  1. The Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability
    1. There is hereby established the Department of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County under the supervision of the County Executive and the Director of Sustainability. The Department shall be its own appointing authority pursuant to the County Charter and County Code.
    2. The Department of Sustainability shall have the following functions:
      1. Promoting environmentally sustainable business practices in the internal operations of the County;
      2. Collaborating with businesses, non-profit organizations, political subdivisions and government agencies to develop programs incorporating environmentally sustainable methods into accepted practice;
      3. Promoting economic development to support businesses that provide environmentally sustainable goods and services;
      4. Educating the public about environmentally sustainable practices;
      5. Advising, when requested, the County Executive and the County Council on policies and programs related to environmental sustainability; and
      6. Coordinate and collaborate with other directors and departments to achieve operational efficiencies and to eliminate redundancy within County government.
  2. The Director of Sustainability
    1. There shall be a Director of Sustainability who shall be appointed by the County Executive, subject to confirmation by Council.  The Director of Sustainability shall serve at the pleasure of the County Executive and shall lead the Department of Sustainability. The Director of Sustainability shall possess the following qualifications:
      1. demonstrated knowledge of county, state, and federal environmental regulation;
      2. experience in the finance and administration of public or private- sector sustainability projects; and
      3. experience establishing collaborative relationships with business, non-profit and public entities.
    2. The Director of Sustainability shall be responsible for fulfilling the duties of the Department of Sustainability and may employ such number of deputies, assistants, and employees as s/he determines to be reasonably necessary to assist him/her in carrying out his/her powers and duties and as is consistent with approved budgetary parameters determined by Council.
  3. County Sustainability Plan
    1. The Department of Sustainability shall prepare and present to Council by September 1, 2017 a proposed five-year Sustainability Plan to achieve the objectives identified in paragraph (A)(2) of this section.  If the Council shall fail to adopt the proposed plan, with such changes as the Council shall deem advisable, within sixty days of its presentation to the Council, the plan shall be deemed to be adopted.  The Sustainability Plan shall be reviewed and revised as needed, but not less than once every five years in accordance with the foregoing procedures.
    2. The Clerk of Council shall maintain a copy of all versions of the Cuyahoga County Sustainability Plan on the Council’s website.
 (Ordinance Nos. O2016-0008, Enacted 4/12/2016, Effective 5/13/2016; O2014-0023, Enacted 10/28/2014, Effective 12/6/2014)

Section 202.19 Office of the Executive-elect

  1. Not sooner than the second Monday in November in each year in which a new County Executive is elected, the Executive-elect may appoint no more than five immediate staff members to the Office of the Executive-elect.  The Office of the Executive-elect shall assist the Executive-elect in preparing for the assumption of official duties as County Executive.  All operations of the Office of the Executive-elect shall terminate no later than January 15 of the year following the election for County Executive.
  2. Employees of County agencies may be detailed to the Office of the Executive-elect with the consent of the County Executive and the director of their respective agency; and, while so detailed, such employees shall be responsible only to the Executive-elect.  Any employee so detailed shall continue to receive the compensation provided for regular employment. 
  3. Employees of the Office of the Executive-elect shall serve in a temporary, unclassified capacity; provided however that those employees detailed from other County agencies shall retain the rights and privileges of their permanent employment without interruption.
  4. The Council shall make appropriations in the operating budget for the fiscal year in which a new Executive is elected for the payment of salaries of staff of the Office of the Executive-elect and other reasonable expenses of the Executive-elect during the period of transition.  All funds appropriated for carrying out the purposes of this Section shall not exceed $250,000 for any one County Executive transition period. The County Executive shall include in the biennial budget transmitted to Council a proposed appropriation for carrying out the purposes of this Section for each fiscal year in which his or her regular term of office will expire.  In the event the Executive-elect is the incumbent County Executive, appropriations made pursuant to this section shall not be used for transition activities, and shall instead be returned to the general fund. 
  5. County Departments operating under the authority of the County Executive shall each, upon request, provide those services, facilities, and equipment as may be reasonably necessary for the Office of the Executive-elect to carry out its official duties.

(Ordinance No. O2014-0022, Enacted 9/23/2014, Effective 9/29/2014)