Steve Dettelbach, former US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio from 2009 to 2016 and a partner at BakerHostler in Cleveland, announced his intention to reapply for the position on February 25th.
In a March 2 interview with the Cleveland Jewish News, Dettelbach stated that his intention to apply was due to his experience in the role of the Obama administration. He is currently preparing the application and plans to submit it when the due date comes in a few weeks.
“It was the greatest privilege of my career and it’s a fantastic office for great officials and the issues are so important to the future of the people of northern Ohio,” said Dettelbach, 55, from Solon. “The privilege of having the opportunity to do this all over again is only my honor if possible. I’m even more excited about the opportunity to work as a US attorney than before, because a lot has happened since I left in 2016. And all was not good for the public or the Justice Department. So there is a lot to do. I feel like I can hit the ground on a sprint on the first day and address these issues. “
Dettelbach built on his previous successes in that role, ranging from securing bilingual ballot papers for the Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, to police reform in Cleveland, to tackling the opioid and heroin crisis, cybercrime and fighting terrorism and anti-Semitism in Trust. He visits the Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights and Pepper Pike with his wife and two children, who are both graduates of the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish day school in Beachwood.
“These problems are in the foreground and are dangerous and serious, so there is no time to lose,” said Dettelbach. “As difficult and challenging as the legal issues are, what makes me want to do it is something I personally feel very much – the idea of Tikkun Olam. Regardless of whether you are running the world for one person or one case at a time, the idea of using the law to make our society better, more equal, safer and fairer appeals to me and has endured throughout my career. “
US attorneys are appointed by the President with the advice and approval of the Senate and are under the direction of the US Attorney General.