Mark Griffin

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Mark D. Griffin
Inspector General
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Mark D. Griffin serves as Cuyahoga County’s (“County”) second Inspector General (“IG”). Mark was appointed as IG by County Executive Armond Budish and was unanimously confirmed by County Council.   Mark was appointed on April 28, 2015 to fill an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.  Subsequently, Mark was reappointed to a five (5) year term commencing July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2021. In his role as IG, Mark is responsible for investigating waste, fraud and abuse in the County, which has approximately five thousand (5,000) employees and a one point three billion ($1.3 billion) dollar annual budget.

Prior to becoming IG, Mark represented whistleblowers in matters before federal court and state court involving the United States (“U.S.”) Department of Labor, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  He practiced law for more than twenty (20) years with a substantial part of his law practice including the investigation of dishonest and fraudulent conduct.  Mark 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.

Mark 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 twenty-two ($22,000,000) million dollar settlement for his client – considered by the Judge to be one of the largest single-plaintiff settlements in County history.  Separately, the Penn Central Case lasted over 40 (forty) years and resulted in a fourteen point eight ($14.8) million dollar settlement for thirty-two (32) former employees.  Both of these cases required investigations into payment practices of contractors or employees.  Mark’s cases also include a one point seven ($1.7) million dollar fraud judgment against an associate of the Scarfo Crime family.

Mark 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 University School of Law and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mark’s background includes working as an Intern for a Conservative member of British Parliament, and serving two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa building schools, supporting small economic development projects and promoting community development.

Why did you run for the Board? 

I ran for the Board to help support and grow the only organization that connects and trains inspectors general and staff at the federal, state and local levels.  I hope to contribute to the Association as well bring back to my own home agency new ideas, techniques and skills.   

The importance of the Association 

The increase in inspectors general is critical to maintaining transparency, efficiency and ethics in American government.  The Association plays an important role in supporting public confidence in our public institutions.  It also brings together inspectors general from different parts of our country so that we can learn from each other and continue to improve.  The Association provides guidance and training regarding best practices.  Finally, it is an important forum for discussing the challenges that face the IG community.  

 What you would like to accomplish as a Board Member? 

As a Board Member, I would like to work to expand and enhance the Association’s outstanding education and training programs.  I would also like to increase general awareness of the importance of IGs in order to expand the scope of the IG community.