This month, Cuyahoga County voted in favor of requiring a sheriff to hold either a four-year degree in any field or a two-year degree in criminal justice or law enforcement by 2021, Cleveland.com reported.
The current interim Sheriff David Schilling does not meet this requirement. However, Schilling has offered to complete his degree within a year if the County Council committee agreed to extend his appointment for another year. Cuyahoga Community College would accept his 25 years of experience in law enforcement for about half the needed credit hours, according to Cleveland.com.
He proposed taking night classes, online courses, weekend classes or use vacation time if necessary to take daytime courses to complete his degree.
After hearing Schilling’s testimony, the three members of council’s Public Safety Committee voted 3-0 to recommend an extension for consideration to the full council as early as next week. Additionally, the county’s administration will also monitor Schilling’s job performance during the spring evaluation.