A sheriff who oversees a troubled county jail in Cleveland says he plans to resign this summer for personal reasons.
Clifford Pinkney became Cuyahoga County's first black sheriff when he was appointed in August 2015. A county spokeswoman says Pinkney's last day will be Aug. 2.
The jail in the last year has become the subject of investigations, lawsuits and indictments against corrections officers and high-ranking officials, including the jail's former director and warden.
Pinkney couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.
The U.S. Marshal's Service issued a report last November calling conditions at the jail "inhumane" and unsafe for inmates and staff.
Eight inmates died between June and December of last year.
A ninth died this month. Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan would not say how the 36-year-old man jailed on a drug possession charge died May 10.
Madigan says the inmate was brought to the jail two days before his death and had been moved to a pod for military veterans a few hours before he was found unresponsive in his cell Friday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
An inspection in 2018 by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found nearly two-thirds of 135 state standards out of compliance. The state inspection report found juveniles housed with adults; temperatures between 52 and 60 degrees in housing units, menus developed without regard for special dietary or religious needs, showers infested with insects and unsanitary conditions in food service areas.
The FBI is conducting a civil rights investigation of prisoner treatment at the jail. The agency and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are also investigating allegations of public corruption regarding current and former Cuyahoga County officials, including issues surrounding the jail.
The Marshals Service has removed federal detainees from the downtown jail and now places them at a smaller county facility in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid.