Mayor Jackson and Department of Justice Announce Leadership Change to Cleveland Police Monitoring Team

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

CLEVELANDMayor Frank G. Jackson; outgoing Monitoring Team Lead Matthew Barge; incoming Monitoring Team Lead Hassan Aden; First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Bridget Brennan; Councilman Blaine Griffin (Ward 6); Cleveland Consent Decree Coordinator Gregory White; and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams today announce a leadership change to the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team.

“Much has been accomplished while Matthew Barge has led the Monitoring Team and we thank him,” said Mayor Jackson. “We also welcome Hassan Aden as the Lead Monitor and we are confident he will continue to work with the Monitoring Team toward success.”

Aden has served as the Deputy Monitor in Cleveland since 2016. He emphasized that although the leadership has changed, the team remains the same and their goal is unchanged.

“We will continue to move forward and begin to implement the mechanics of the work that has brought us to where we are today,” said Aiden.

Barge has been the Monitor since the City selected the Monitoring Team in October 2015 to oversee the Consent Decree process. Barge stated, “We have done a great deal already but more remains to be done and I am confident that under Mr. Aden’s leadership that will continue.”

The process for the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team began in October 2015 when the team –under the leadership of Barge – was selected and approved by Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr.

View photos from the press conference here. Video footage is available on Facebook and TV20.

Additional supporting documents on Hassan Aden: The request for the appointment as the Court Appointed Monitor, resume, and the court ordered appointment.

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