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Two more announce retirement from Akron mayor's cabinet

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 14, 2013

The shuffling continues in Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's cabinet.

Chief of Staff Rick Merolla and Laraine Duncan, deputy mayor of intergovernmental relations, announced today that they are retiring. This makes three retirements from the mayor's cabinet in the last month, with Ron Williamson earlier announcing plans to step down this summer.

The shifts began last fall with the retirement of Dave Lieberth, whom Merolla, then public service director, replaced. Plusquellic moved John Moore from planning director to public service director and tapped then-Council President Marco Sommerville as planning director.

Of Plusquellic's 14-member cabinet, four people are new, two are new to their current positions, three are retiring and five are veterans. Three additional positions have long gone unfilled.

Plusquellic said in a press release that he knew about Merolla's retirement plans when he tapped him as his chief of staff. He said he "is considering a list of qualified candidates to fill these positions."

Merolla was making $125,320 a year, while Duncan took home $104,354 annually, according to the city.

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