Armond Budish took office as the County Executive in January of 2015. He is the second Executive to serve in the County’s history. As County Executive, Mr. Budish has outlined a forward looking and innovative agenda to improve the lives of all County residents.
As the Executive, Mr. Budish is committed to creating economic growth and opportunity by taking a coordinated and collaborative approach to building a strong and sustainable future for Cuyahoga County. His administration’s three core strategic initiatives -- fairness and equity, job growth and opportunity and government that gets results are all linked together. The goal? To make sure that every resident no matter the circumstances has the ability to build a better life.
As a large provider of both job training and human services, Cuyahoga County has a specific emphasis on stabilizing and training individuals so that they are prepared for successful employment and career development. The Budish Administration’s multi-faceted approach takes advantage of all resources- from apprenticeships to scholarships- to align the job skills of County residents to the job opportunities available today.
In order to ensure that there are jobs available, the County is focused on job generation. Expanding current businesses, growing start-ups, and attracting new businesses aligned with key assets, such as Lake Erie, manufacturing, and health care, is a primary focus of the administration. In short as Budish says, “We must think big, use technology, be bold, and take some responsible risks.”
Effective & efficient government is a priority – measurement of the current and new programs are key to evaluating success. Cuyahoga County will be governed using a metrics-oriented approach to determine targets, and to continuously evaluate current programs and future goals. Additionally, the County will be an active, collaborative partner with outside groups and other governments to ensure quality service delivery.
This County is diverse and our 59 communities have unique needs. Consequently, the Budish administration is focused on regional collaboration and developing strategic partnerships that can be responsive to both shared and community specific needs now and into the future.
Prior to arriving in his current post, Budish served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, including a term as the Speaker of the House and two terms as the Minority Leader.
Mr. Budish is also known by many County residents for his private sector career as a consumer and elder law attorney. Founder of the law firm Budish, Solomon, Steiner, & Peck, Mr. Budish became a nationally known expert as an elder law attorney through his best-selling books, consumer advice column, “You and the Law” published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 24 years, and his 16 year career as the host of the television show, “Golden Opportunities”, an informational show for seniors and their families. He ran for elective office for the first time in 2006, once his two sons, Ryan and Daniel, had been successfully launched into college. He currently resides happily in Beachwood, Ohio with his wife of over three decades Amy.