With the changes that Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic recently announced for his cabinet, one key spot was noticeably absent: chief of staff.
Asked today if he had an announcement forthcoming for his chief of staff, Plusquellic replied, "No." Asked if he had a timeline for choosing someone for this position, the mayor again said, "No."
The chief of staff spot has been vacant since Rick Merolla retired last summer. Merolla briefly served in his role after the departure of Dave Lieberth in the fall of 2012, who had occupied this spot for a decade.
Plusquellic has never before gone without a chief of staff and most previous mayors have had someone in this role.
The most recent changes Plusquellic announced were the retirement of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Bob Bowman and the promotion of Deputy Planning Director Sam DeShazior to this role. Adele Roth, economic development manager, will take over DeShazior's spot.
In addition, former Akron Councilwoman Terry Albanense will assume a newly created post of assistant to the mayor for education health and families. This spot while replace the former deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations post that Laraine Duncan long held. Duncan retired last summer.