William D. Mason
Mason was born and raised in Parma, Ohio, and was an accomplished wrestler in high school. After completing his undergraduate degree at Kent State University, Mason went to the Cleveland Marshall College of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree and became an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County, Ohio. While an assistant county prosecutor, he became involved in Ohio Democratic politics in 1993. Mason became a councilman in the city of Parma and was eventually elected the Law Director and Chief Prosecutor, serving for six years before taking his current position.
Mason is currently the chair of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Ohio ICAC now has 281 law enforcement partner agencies across the state and at least one ICAC law enforcement agency in each of Ohio’s 88 counties, making it one of the largest and most successful ICAC task forces in the nation. The United States Department of Justice awarded Mason with the 2006 National Leadership Award, which was the first time presenting this award.
Mason chairs the Agency Council for Cuyahoga County Justice System Reform, overseeing committees implementing Justice Management Institute recommendations, a county-wide reform initiative aimed at making the justice system more efficient and effective. He also chairs the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force which aims to create jobs by bringing renewable energy industries to Northeast Ohio. The first project he is spearheading is the Great Lakes Wind Energy Center, a pilot project of several offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie.
Mason was a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He co-wrote, with Jack P. DeSario, Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial: Case Closed (Kent State University Press 2003). Mason supported John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and supported Barack Obama for the 2008 Ohio primary. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide office, or for county executive in the new Cuyahoga County charter form of government, which was approved by voters in November 2008.
Bill and his wife have four children aka Jordan Mason. Bill has 15 brothers and sisters.
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“Nowadays the host does not admit you to his hearth, but has got the mason to build one for yourself somewhere in his alley, and hospitality is the art of keeping you at the greatest distance. There is as much secrecy about the cooking as if he had a design to poison you.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)