An assistant Akron law director is leaving to take a job in Cuyahoga Falls.
Yep, you read that right.
Janet Ciotola will soon be the deputy law director in the Falls. Ciotola, whose job included working with Akron council on legislation, attended her last Akron council meeting Monday night.
This is the latest of several interesting developments in the renewed friendship between Akron and the Falls that has blossomed since new Mayor Don Walters, a Democrat, took office in January, replacing Don Robart, a Republican with a long and stormy relationship with Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. Walters even attended Plusquellic's State of the City speech last week. (Robart wasn't a regular attendee.)
Council members thanked Ciotola for her service Monday, crediting her for her professionalism and sunny disposition.
"Cuyahoga Falls is getting our joy and our grace," said Councilwoman Marilyn Keith.
Ciotola, who got teary during the remarks, said she enjoyed working with council. She joked that she wasn't leaving because of the food truck legislation she's been working on since last June with a special council committee studying the issue. The committee is soon expected to make a recommendation to council.
"I checked to make sure the Falls does not have legislation pending on food trucks," Ciotola said, laughing.