OPS Staff

Jonathan Cudnik, Interim Administrator

Jonathan Cudnik joined OPS in December 2022 as the Interim Administrator. Prior to that he spent fifteen years as an attorney in the City of Cleveland Law Department, including the last two years in the Litigation Department. He is a graduate of Franciscan University, and a graduate of Cleveland State School of Law.

Eric N Richardson, J.D., Interim Senior Investigator

Eric Richardson joined OPS in 2017. He is a former criminal defense Attorney, College Instructor (Tri-C and Lincoln College of Technology), and Business Owner: Royalty Consultants-a General Business Consulting firm focused on upstarts and emerging companies, and Cinergy Global an Energy and Mineral Rights Acquisition Firm. He holds a B.A in Political Science from Morehouse College and a JD from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Toni Shanks, OPS Private Secretary

Toni Shanks joined OPS in 2018 as a private secretary. She has been with the City of Cleveland for more than 21 years (7 years with the Division of Correction and 14 years with the Record File Section). She is a graduate of the Jane Addams Business Careers Center.

Sylvia M. Grimes, CPRB Private Secretary

Sylvia Grimes joined the Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB) in October of 2022.  Sylvia worked for the Division of Police as a Senior Data Conversion Operator in the Court Unit and Record File Section before coming to the CPRB.

Jessica Borden, Junior Clerk

Joined OPS July 2022 as a Junior Clerk to provide additional help to OPS  and its Administration team, Previously served as an Data Entry Clerk for the City Health Department working under the Commissioner Brian Kimball since 2020 until being given this opportunity.  Have over 10 years of Administration and data entry  and front office experience.

Maryum Ali, Community Engagement Coordinator

Maryum Ali joined OPS in May 2021 as an Investigator initially.  She has over 15 years of Community Engagement and Investigative experience.  Previously, she worked as a Certified Ombudsman and Transition Coordinator with Long Term Care Ombudsman.  Prior to this, Maryum was a Child Protective Social Worker with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.  Maryum received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Ursuline College.

David Hammons, Investigator

David Hammons is the first civilian (Non-Sworn Officer) hired by the City in the Office of Professional Standards to investigate Police misconduct (in 2011). David has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio as the Litigation Coordinator, investigating violations of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, complaints of governmental abuse and managing the legal docket. Prior to that experience, he was employed as Parole Officer for the State of Ohio (Cleveland Region) supervising conditionally released felons. His last assignment as a Parole Officer was an assignment to a multi-agency violent crimes task force responsible for apprehending violent fugitives. He holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and history from Cleveland State University.

Vince Funari, Investigator

Vincent R. Funari joined the Office of Professional Standards in 2013 as Investigator, handling citizen’s complaints of Police Misconduct. Mr. Funari has been in the investigation industry his entire professional career of thirty years. He started out with a small local private investigations company and worked his way to Lead Investigator. After eight years with that company, he left and started his own Private Investigation Company. He has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1997. He also worked as the Surveillance Supervisor for International Claims Specialists, where he was a supervisor to 15 regional investigators and was responsible for their scheduling, reviewing of their investigations and providing them direction in their daily investigations of suspected insurance fraud claims. Just prior to OPS, in 2011, Mr. Funari became a Miscellaneous Investigator for the City of Cleveland under the Department of Finance, Division of Assessments & Licenses. He was responsible for compliance inspections and investigations of local businesses under the Codified Ordinances in the City of Cleveland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace College.

Julie Delaney, Investigator

Julie Delaney joined OPS as in investigator in March 2017.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga County Community College and is a federally trained EEO investigator.  Prior to employment with OPS, she worked as a Probation Officer both in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Marion County Superior Court’s Juvenile Division, and in Cuyahoga County’s Juvenile Court.  She has experience conducting investigations into child abuse and neglect through her work as a caseworker with The Children’s Center in Detroit, Mi and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Voices For Children under the Lorain County, OH Domestic Relations Court.  In addition to her employment with OPS, Julie works as a Contract EEO Investigator for the United States Postal Service conducting Title VII investigations.

Art Bowker, M.A., Investigator

Art Bowker joined OPS as an Investigator (Temporary) in January 2018.  In May of 2021 he became a city employed Investigator with OPS. He retired after 20 years as a U.S. Probation Officer in 2017 and previously was a Law Enforcement Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor for eight years. He has been recognized for his work in cybercrime and is the author of several books focusing on cybercrime and its investigation. He is a graduate of Kent State University, holding an MA in Corrections and a BS in Criminal Justice Studies. Interested readers can find more information and connect with Bowker on LinkedIn.

Hercules Harris, Investigator

Hercules Harris joined the Office of Professional (OPS) as an Investigator in June 2021. He has over 17 years of investigative experience. Prior to joining OPS, he worked for the State of Ohio for 7 years. He worked as an Investigator for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a Parole Officer for the Adult Parole Authority (Sex Offender Unit). Prior to working in the public sector, he spent 10 years in the private sector conducting investigations related to internal and external theft. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Analysis from Tiffin University.

Bob McEvoy, Investigator

Bob McEvoy joined OPS in August 2022 as an Investigator.   Bob retired from a 25 year career in federal law enforcement. While at the Office of Inspector General, he served in various supervisory, management and executive positions. Bob was the Special Agent–Charge of the Dallas Region and he directed the criminal investigations in 13 states. He also served  as a Deputy Director of Fraud Investigations. At the time of his retirement, Bob was the Director of Labor Racketeering and Organized Crime. Following retirement form the federal government, Bob accepted a position as the Investigation Manager of the Public Assistance Fraud Department for Cuyahoga County where he served for seven years.  

Joseph S. Szymanski, Investigator

Joseph S. Szymanski joined the Office of Professional Standards in August of 2022. Mr. Szymanski has 6 years of investigative experience. Prior, to joining OPS, he worked for a Private Investigation firm, as an Investigator and Supervisor. He specialized in workers compensation fraud and non-compete investigations. Mr. Szymanski is a licensed Investigator in several states as well as being ESET Cybersecurity Certified. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ashland University. Mr. Szymanski interned with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office in the areas of Corrections, Deputy, and Probation. Connect with Joseph on LinkedIn.