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Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff Earl Leiken announced Monday that he will be stepping down from his position early next year after being diagnosed with a muscular condition.

Leiken, who will turn 77 in January, said he has been experiencing periodic bouts of pain on the left side of his head for six months, and was diagnosed at University Hospital with a muscular condition, according to a news release from the county. Leiken is currently under treatment with UHHS.

Doctors urged Leiken to take a less demanding position or retire in order to preserve his heath, the release states.

Leiken expressed his appreciation to County Executive Armond Budish for the privilege of serving with him, and regrets that his tenure will not be longer.

“The County is doing great and important work. I am sorry that I will not be able to participate in all that we have planned,” Leiken said. “I have very much enjoyed my time with the dedicated staff and wish everyone the very best.

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LOCAL NEWS: Cuyahoga County Chief of Staff To Step Down For Health Reasons  was originally published on praisecleveland.com