Despite his new job in Washington, D.C., former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray isn't leaving his hometown anytime soon.

Despite his new job in Washington, D.C., former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray isn't leaving his hometown anytime soon.

Cordray, recently appointed chief of enforcement at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said he plans to commute from his Grove City home rather than relocate.

"I'll out on Monday morning, come back Thursday and work from Grove City on Fridays," Cordray said.

"My twin (daughters) are both enrolled in South-Western schools, and they're doing well. They have their friends. My wife is a teacher at Capital (University) law school. This is my home."

Cordray, who graduated from Grove City High School, credits his friends and mentors in town for the values he's held throughout his political career, beginning in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1991.

"I think most of my values were formed growing up in Grove City from my parents, my friends and my teachers," he said. "It's about treating people fairly and equally, making sure that people have someone standing on their side to protect them. Those were all things that were formed for me growing up in Grove City."

Cordray said he saw standing up for the common man as central to his job as attorney general.

"I think everybody recognizes that we did a good job on the law enforcement side, if you ask police chiefs and sheriffs across the state, so we could help them protect their communities," he said.

"We prosecuted quite a bit of corruption. We took on several sitting sheriffs and about a half dozen crooked police chiefs."

His office recovered more than $1-billion from American International Group in an antitrust case and almost $400-million from Merrill Lynch & Company, he said.

"I think we established a principle that in the consumer area we were very aggressive. That's a hallmark of my administration and has probably led to this new position."

As head of enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Cordray said he will make sure banks are following government regulations when they issue such consumer products as mortgages, credit cards and student loans.

"I see it as standing on the side of individual citizens and seeing that they get a fair shake from the big banks," he said. "I'm looking forward to having a chance to do that."

The biggest difference between his old job and his new one?

"I'll be doing on a 50-state basis a lot of the same work I was doing in Ohio, with broader authority to act," Cordray said.

"It draws on my background as attorney general and as state treasurer since I worked a lot with the banks."

Cordray officially left the office of attorney general Jan. 10. He'll begin his new job Jan. 18.

As one of his last acts in office, he attended the Jan. 7 funeral of Suzanne Hopper, a Clark County sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 1.