STOW — Less than a day after his boss accepted another job, Brendan Mackin was promoted to the position of interim law director for the city of Stow.
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, Mayor John Pribonic reports, because he is not a resident of Stow, a requirement for seeking election to the post according to the city charter.
Mackin has been employed by the Stow law department as a full-time employee since May 2014. He also has experience as an assistant county prosecutor in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mayor John Pribonic says Mackin was sworn in Wednesday morning, following Amber Zibritosky’s appointment to be the Stow Municipal Clerk of Court on Tuesday.
"I know Brendan’s a very quality individual and very thoughtful in his decisions," the Stow mayor stated, "and I know he’ll bring some excellent value to the city of Stow."
Mackin earned approximately $69,971 per year as assistant law director. He will be paid $81,725 annually as law director.
Zibritosky, Mackin’s predecessor as law director, was tapped for her new position by the Summit County Democratic Party’s Central Committee. She was sworn in to her new post Tuesday, but says she intends "to help transition the law department as needed throughout the next week or so." Zibritosky adds she had "already worked extensively with the mayor and other administration officials on matters of succession in anticipation of" the appointment.
Zibritosky is the successor to Diana Colavecchio, the former clerk. 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 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 earns 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 told the Stow Sentry, " … 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."
Reporter Ellin Walsh can be reached at 330-541-9419, firstname.lastname@example.org or @EllinWalsh_RPC.