CUYAHOGA FALLS — A City Council member is stepping down from his position this week because his spouse has accepted a city cabinet position.

Council member Paul Colavecchio (D-At Large) last Wednesday submitted a letter to Council Clerk Dana Capriulo stating he would be resigning from his seat on Friday, Feb. 15.

Colavecchio's wife, Diana, told the Falls News-Press on Monday that she is “beyond excited to confirm that I have accepted the position to be the [city's] new community development director.”

Paul Colavecchio added it would be an “obvious conflict of interest” for him to continue serving on council if his wife is confirmed as the community development director.

“I decided to step down for the betterment of the city,” said Paul Colavecchio.

Mayor Don Walters said “if all goes as planned,” he will ask council to confirm Diana Colavecchio as the city’s new community development director on Feb. 25.

“If confirmed, she will start with the city the same week,” said Walters.

If confirmed by council, Diana Colavecchio would replace Diane Sheridan, who stepped down from the position in early January.

Diana Colavecchio is currently the Clerk of Courts for the Stow Municipal Court.

“I’ll be sad to leave my post here at the Clerk’s Office and saying goodbye to my staff will not be easy,” she said.

The precinct committee members for the Summit County Democratic Party's Central Committee in Cuyahoga Falls will be tasked with appointing Paul Colavecchio's replacement on City Council. They will have 30 days from Feb. 15 to make the selection, according to the city's charter.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421,, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.