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The Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General's Mission is to promote honesty and accountability in County Government. To this end, we commit to you that if you report an allegation of wrongdoing to our Agency it will be fully investigated and when appropriate a referral for further governmental intervention or internal discipline will be made. It is no longer business as usual in Cuyahoga County. This is about a change in the way we do business. We owe it to ourselves, to the taxpayers and to the residents of the county to engage in business practices of the highest ethical standards.

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Mark D. Griffin

Inspector General                                                                                                                      

Mark Griffin serves as Cuyahoga County’s second Inspector General. Mr. Griffin was appointed as Inspector General by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and was unanimously confirmed by Cuyahoga County Council.   Mr. Griffin was appointed on April28, 2015, to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.  In his role as Inspector General, Mr. Griffin is responsible for investigating waste, fraud and abuse in Cuyahoga County, which has approximately 5,000 employees and a $1.3 billion annual budget.

Prior to becoming Inspector General, Griffin represented whistle-blowers in matters before federal court and state court involving the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He practiced law for more than twenty years with a substantial part of his law practice including the investigation of dishonest and fraudulent conduct.  Mr. Griffin litigated cases under the False Claims Act involving allegations that certain defendants defrauded the United States. He has also represented U.S. Treasury agents who investigated money-laundering and financial fraud allegations; as well as whistleblowers who revealed fraudulent practices in major hospital chains, assisted living facilities and pharmacies. 

Mr. Griffin’s law practice included several significant cases which involved complicated financial investigations.  The Cellnet Case involved discriminatory pricing of cellular telecommunications services and resulted in, among other things, a $22 million settlement for his client – supposedly the largest single-plaintiff settlement in Cuyahoga County at the time.  Separately, the Penn Central Case lasted over 40 years and resulted in a $14.8 million settlement for 32 former employees.  Both of these cases required investigations into payment practices of contractors or employees.  Mr. Griffin’s cases also include a $1.7 million fraud judgment against an associate of the Scarfo Crime family. 

Mr. Griffin earned his Masters’ Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He graduated at the top of his class from Case Western Reserve Law School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.   Griffin’s background includes working as an Intern for a Conservative member of British Parliament, serving two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa building schools, supporting small economic development projects and promoting community development.