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Ohio county reverses decision on opioid administrator’s pay

January 4, 2020 GMT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio county that includes Cleveland reversed its decision that a new position to oversee the distribution of money from lawsuits filed against opioid-related companies would be paid in part from a settlement fund.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish on Friday said the $130,500 annual salary paid to Brandy Carney will come from the county’s general fund budget, cleveland.com reported. Carney’s salary will be the same amount she currently earns as the county’s public safety chief.

The decision came after County Councilman Dan Brady questioned whether using settlement funds was the best use of money earmarked for addressing the opioid crisis.

Carney will report to Chief of Staff Bill Mason. Her first task will be to manage the disbursement of the settlement money that currently totals around $179 million.

The county created the fund to guarantee that settlement money was used solely for addressing opioid addiction.

Carney will continue some of her responsibilities from that position.