CLEVELAND - After nearly four decades in law enforcement, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid is putting away his gun and hanging up his badge.
"At the end of the day that's not they way I wanted to go but it is what it is," said Reid, talking to reporters in the hallways of the Justice Center.
Reid was asked to resign by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. He said he went in for an evaluation and was asked to resign. Reid said the news took him by surprise and to this day he doesn't know why he was asked to hand in his resignation.
We did put in a call to FitzGerald's office to find out specifically why Reid was asked to quit his job.
We didn't receive and answer to the specific question.
Instead, we were sent the original statement FitzGerald gave when the resignation was announced:
"The County is at the mid-point in my administration and we are taking the time to review all of our leadership across all departments. After two years of work, it provides an opportunity for members of the leadership team and our administration to see where things stand and to make decisions in order to make our government work effectively as possible. The halfway point of the administration often results in personnel changes - Clerk of Courts Gerald Fuerst decided to announce his retirement from public service last week, and other potential leadership changes may be announced in the near future. Sheriff Bob Reid announced his resignation today, and we respect and recognize his long commitment to public service in Cuyahoga County. Frank Bova, a longtime leader in public safety and former Interim Sheriff of Cuyahoga County, will serve as Interim Sheriff while a selection process for the new Sheriff is completed."
"I think we made a difference. I think we did a lot of good things in three and a half years," Reid said. He was sworn in for the second time as sheriff in May of 2009. He took over for Sheriff Gerald McFaul who resigned amid numerous scandals and a criminal investigation.
Reid said he hopes to one day get answers. "Someday maybe. Someday when things are a little more relaxed. We can sit down and talk."
The former sheriff said he plans to fly to California and see his daughter.