CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city has a new deputy community development director.

Mary Spaugy was hired Aug. 12 and was introduced to city council by Community Development Director Diana Colavecchio on Sept. 9, council’s first meeting since its one-month summer break.

"We’re extremely thrilled to have Mary join our team," said Colavecchio. "It’s already showing. We’re giving her a lot of good work to do, and she’s been very valuable in the feedback that she’s given back to us."

Spaugy said she is looking forward to helping improve the municipality.

"Mayor (Don) Walters and his administration have been completely transforming the city through their development efforts, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a contributing member of this team," stated Spaugy. "What attracted me most to the city is its mix of rich river heritage, community pride, and potential for future development."

Spaugy, who will earn $82,788, is a 2005 graduate of Kent State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

She most recently worked as the executive assistant to Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and was previously the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships program coordinator in the county’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

"She brings with her a wealth of experience in community and economic development, leveraging and writing grants, developing relationships with public and private partners, and management," said Colavecchio.

Spaugy replaces Sara Leedham, who resigned as interim director in May. Leedham followed Community Development Director Diane Sheridan, who stepped down in January.

Leedham, who had worked five years for the city, said she plans to enjoy some "work-free time at home with my husband, two very active sons and an energetic border collie." She added she is doing some volunteer work in the community.

"I enjoyed my time with the city, and am proud of my work in the Development Department, particularly my involvement with the opening of Front Street," said Leedham. "It gives me great pleasure to see the continued growth in and around the downtown area."

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