BEDFORD -- Bob Reid says his experience as a city manager, police chief and county sheriff separates him from his opponents.
"I think it's important to have a balance between administrative ability, and I have 38 years of that and a vision of where we can be," said Reid.
Reid is running for Cuyahoga County executive. His democratic opponents are state Sen. Shirley Smith and state Rep. Armond Budish, who is generally considered the frontrunner.
Reid was city manager in Bedford for 10 years. During three of those years, county prosecutors say Bedford Law Director Kenneth Schuman and Bedford Municipal Judge Harry J. Jacob lll were involved in public corruption.
Schuman, whose office is next to the city manager's, was indicted on charges of bribery, unlawful interest in a public contract, money laundering, theft in office, obstructing justice, falsification, receiving improper compensation and soliciting sex.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Reid says he worked with Schuman at times, but both he and the law director reported to city council. Reid also points out that he wasn't city manager at the time prosecutors say a brothel was operating out of an office building on Northfield road.
"In all the years that I was there, I never saw an act, a dishonest act, and had I, I would have taken action," said Reid. "If you violate the public trust, you won't work for Cuyahoga County if I'm elected."
Budish says Reid often touts his years of experience as a public administrator as the reason he should be the next county executive.
"He portrays himself as being a person who's in charge, who knows what's going on in his community," said Budish.
Does Budish believe Reid knew about any of the alleged corruption?
"I have no reason to believe he knew it was going on. Apparently he didn't. I'm not sure that's a good thing," said Budish.