STOW — Stow Law director Amber Zibritosky has been tapped as the new clerk of the Stow Municipal Court, filling the vacancy created when former clerk Diana Colavecchio accepted a position with the city of Cuyahoga Falls.

Zibritosky was sworn in to her new post Tuesday, after the Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee met Tuesday in Hudson and voted to appoint her as the successor to Colavecchio, whose term expires Dec 31, 2021.

Colavecchio resigned the clerk of courts position late last month after being appointed as the community development director for the city of Cuyahoga Falls. Zibritosky had said she was “strongly encouraged” to pursue the clerk position by Colavecchio, as well as Stow Mayor John Pribonic, Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters, Tallmadge Mayor David Kline and state Rep. Casey Weinstein.

Zibritosky was nominated by former Stow Mayor Sara Kline, a move that was seconded by Cuyahoga Falls Law Director Russ Balthis. There were no other nominations. Balthis noted Zibritosky “is the youngest person to ever be elected the law director of the city of Stow, she’s the first woman to ever be elected as law director of the city of Stow and the first Democrat to be elected as law director in the city of Stow in over two decades.”

Zibritosky, 34, was 29 when she was appointed law director in 2014 and 30 when she was elected law director in 2015. She possesses a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Moments after being sworn in as clerk, Zibritosky thanked those present for braving the frigid temperatures and traffic problems to support her.

“This is a very important seat,” Zibritosky said, adding, “I feel very privileged to be following my friend and mentor Diana Colavecchio and I look forward to expounding upon her great success in the office.” Zibritosky also promised “to work tirelessly” this fall to be elected to the clerk’s seat.

Anyone wishing to run for the clerk’s unexpired term this fall (both partisan and non-partisan candidates) was required to file their petitions with the Summit County Board of Elections by Friday at 4 p.m., according to Joe Masich, director of the board of elections.

Masich said his office requested an opinion from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office to determine the filing deadline for the unexpired clerk’s term in November. In an opinion it issued Feb. 22, the prosecutor’s office determined that state law stipulates the filing deadline for all candidates is no later than 10 days after the clerk’s position has been vacated.

Zibritosky earned an annual salary of $81,724 as Stow law director. Colavecchio earned $117,980 per year as clerk of courts.

“The city of Stow is going to greatly miss her,” Pribonic said, “ … but I know that she will bring her same professionalism and quality to her new job, the clerk of courts, as she brought to Stow.”

Pribonic has named assistant law director Brenda Mackin as interim law director for the city. A new law director will be elected in the November general election for a four-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Mackin will not run for the position, Pribonic reports, because he is not a resident of Stow, a requirement for seeking election to the post according to the city charter.

Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, ewalsh@recordpub.com or @EllinWalsh_RPC.