CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city is looking to replace the leader of the water department.

John Christopher, water utilities superintendent for the city of Cuyahoga Falls, will resign from his position effective May 18, according to a letter he submitted to City Service Director Anthony Zumbo on May 4.

“Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss how I can make the transition for my leaving as seamless as possible,” wrote Christopher, who has served in the job since September 2002.

Christopher did not immediately respond to messages from the Falls News-Press seeking further comment.

Christopher earns an annual salary of $117,559, according to Vickie Steiner, the city’s human resources director.

Mayor Don Walters praised Christopher for his service to the city.

“Throughout the years, he has done a great job managing, maintaining, and improving our water system here in Cuyahoga Falls,” said Walters. “I wish John well in his future endeavors.”

Russ Kring, who is sewer collections manager, will serve as the interim water utilities superintendent, said city spokesperson Kelli Crawford-Smith.

Crawford-Smith added that, due to COVID-19, it is estimated that Christopher’s replacement will be hired in about six months.

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