STOW: City Law Director Brian Reali could be sent to Afghanistan next month.
“It is not officially confirmed that I have been deployed,” Reali said,
Reali, an officer with the Ohio Army National Guard, serves as a judge advocate for the military while on active duty. His position entails advising the command on contract law, criminal justice and administrative law.
If he is deployed, Reali’s tour would begin around June 15 and last for seven months to a year, he said.
At a meeting Thursday, the City Council adopted Reali’s plan for providing coverage in the law office during his absence. He said the hours of two prosecutors would be increased, allowing one or more prosecutors to be in the office.
The law department handles criminal, civil and administrative functions for the city.
Aside from leaving his professional duties, Reali would be away from his wife and three children.
“It is toughest on the kids,” he said. “You want to be there to pick them up when they fall and wipe their tears.”
Reali said he plans to stay in contact with his children as much as possible.
“I really like writing them letters and cards,” he said. “As nice as technology is, it is nice to get a letter.”
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