Coordinator will oversee Cleveland’s police reform agreement

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has hired a former U.S. attorney and federal court magistrate to coordinate implementation of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city’s police department.

Gregory White was sworn in Friday. A statement from the city says White will report to Mayor Frank Jackson about Cleveland’s efforts to meet requirements in an agreement that’s ultimately being overseen by a federal judge.

Cleveland and the Justice Department finalized the agreement last year after a federal investigation concluded that Cleveland police had engaged in a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people’s civil rights.

White was Lorain County prosecutor for 22 years, U.S. attorney for northern Ohio from 2003 to 2008 and a magistrate from 2008 until his retirement earlier this year.