CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cuyahoga Falls mayor-elect Don Walters on Wednesday named the four people who have agreed to join his cabinet when he takes charge in January.
This is the first major shake-up in leadership at City Hall in decades.
Walters, a Democrat, defeated longtime Republican Mayor Don Robart in the November election. Robart has been mayor for 28 years.
Diane Sheridan has been selected as director of community development. She has served in Barberton’s planning department for 13 years — the past eight as planning director.
Sheridan, a Barberton resident, attended the University of Akron, where she earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice.
Eric Czetli, who lives in 23rd Street, is the new director of public service.
Czetli served as Cuyahoga Falls’ Municipal Clerk of Courts for 26 years before leaving to become deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Czetli has a bachelor of arts degree in political science and pre-law from the University of Akron. Czetli lost his bid to unseat Robart in the 2001 mayoral race.
Director of finance will be Bryan J. Hoffman, an Akron resident. Hoffman has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Akron, where he majored in finance and minored in economics.
He works for the Summit County Department of Job and Family Services as the deputy director of budget and finance.
Walters’ last appointee is Russell W. Balthis of Akron.
Balthis spent two years as chief of legal services for former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. He currently works for a Columbus law firm, where he specializes in public finance and school law.
Balthis is also secretary of the Summit County Democratic Party.
The three appointees who live outside Cuyahoga Falls will have to become city residents as a requirement of the job, according to the city’s charter.
They will each earn an annual salary of $101,414.
The new cabinet members will not begin receiving a paycheck until their appointments are approved by Falls City Council.
Walters said he expects the appointments will be approved by council at its first meeting of the year on Jan. 6.
“These are capable, qualified people,” Walters said.