Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services

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For 35 years Bill Denihan has directed large government agencies at the state, county and local levels and is the recognized authority in turning around and stabilizing troubled government in Ohio.

He has broad executive leadership experience in social services, human resources, law enforcement, labor relations and negotiations, nuclear power regulation, workers compensation, religion and behavioral health.

Bill considers himself a “public servant” / “change agent of government” and has fixed and made a difference serving as Executive Director of Ohio’s State Employee Relations Board, acting Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources Director for Ohio and Cuyahoga County, State Claims Director for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Chief Deputy County Recorder, Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, City of Cleveland Public Service Director, and Executive Director of the County Department of Children and Family Services.

In law enforcement he served as the Director of Highway Safety for the State of Ohio in charge of Highway Patrol and Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Cleveland Public Safety Director responsible for Police, Fire and EMS and served as acting Chief of Police on two occasions.

Bill also served at the request of Catholic Bishop Anthony Pilla, and was appointed chair of the Commission that reviewed and recommended changes to the Cleveland Diocese policy that handled allegations of sexual abuse against children by the clergy.

Currently Bill serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board in Cuyahoga County. He directed the consolidation of the Mental Health and Alcohol Boards. As a result of the consolidation, a new lease agreement and cost-effective and efficient staffing has resulted in 2.6 million dollars in savings.

Bill is a native Clevelander and is personally invested in the City. He founded and was the first President of Cudell Improvement Inc., a neighborhood development corporation on the west side of Cleveland. In 2001, he was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of the City of Cleveland. Currently, he is sharing his hobby of acrylic painting with homeless men at St. Joseph’s Home where he teaches painting.

Bill, with his wife Mary, has 11 children and over 34 grandchildren.

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