CUYAHOGA FALLS — A former city council member and current court leader has been appointed to a city cabinet position.
City Council on Monday night voted 10-1 to confirm Mayor Don Walters’ appointment of Diana Colavecchio to serve as the city’s community development director. Council member Mary Ellen Pyke (R-2) cast the dissenting vote.
After the vote, Colavecchio said she was “very happy” and “very excited” to step into the new job. Colavecchio has served as the Clerk of Courts for the Stow Municipal Court since 2016. She also had a stint serving in the role in 2013.
Colavecchio said she will turn in her official resignation from the clerk’s position on Tuesday and plans to begin her job as community development director on Wednesday.
Walters said that Colavecchio was the “ideal choice” to lead the community development department.
Before the vote, Pyke noted that Colavecchio had previously stepped down from her council position before the end of the term to take the job as the clerk of courts. Now, Pyke said Colavecchio was about to leave the clerk’s job prior to the end of that term to become the community development director.
“Tell me why I should feel that you’re going to remain in this position,” said Pyke. “Will you be running for any political positions while you’re holding this position?”
Colavecchio said she was “planning to serve out the remainder of my career in the great city that I love.”
“I’m committed to continuing the good work that this administration has started,” said Colavecchio.
She noted she was planning to serve in the Walters administration for the remaining three years the mayor has on his term.
“Assuming [Walters] runs again — and I certainly hope that he does — I will continue to work with him and his team by their side throughout the remainder of an additional term,” said Colavecchio.
She added she has “absolutely no intentions of running for any further political offices.”
Some council members said they were pleased to see Colavecchio stepping into the leadership role.
“We’re lucky to have you,” said Council member Tim Gorbach (D- At Large). “I’m glad to hear of your commitment to the city.”
Council member Jerry James (D-7) said he felt Colavecchio was a “great fit for our city.”
Colavecchio replaces Diane Sheridan, who resigned from the job in early January. Colavecchio earned $117,980 as the Clerk of Courts. She will make $115,065 as the community development director in Cuyahoga Falls.
Colavecchio served as a Cuyahoga Falls City Council member for Ward 5 as a Democrat from 2006 to 2012. She was council president in 2010 and 2011.
She worked for 12 years as counsel for the UAW and spent another dozen years in private practice as an attorney.
Process to replace Colavecchio as clerk of courts
The Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee representing the court’s 16 jurisdictions will meet on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt St., to appoint Colavecchio’s replacement.
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