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Falls Mayor-elect Walters sets transition team

By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The head of the Summit County Democratic Party, the county prosecutor and three former council members are among those named to Cuyahoga Falls Mayor-elect Don Walters’ transition team.

Summit County councilman and former Falls City Council member John Schmidt will head the team.

“Each member brings a unique skill set and invaluable experience to the table,” Walters said. “I am fully confident that this team will be able to help me address every manner of challenge that my new administration will face.”

Walters said he will lean on his team for advice over the next several months.

Walters would not say if any of the team members will serve on his cabinet.

The transition team includes: Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh; Diana Colavecchio, a lawyer who served on the Falls City Council and in November lost her bid to keep the Stow Municipal clerk of courts office she was appointed to in January; Tim Gorbach, treasurer of A & C Welding and Summit County Board of Elections chairman; Kathy Hummel, a former Falls councilwoman and Falls school board member; Wayne Jones, chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party and member of the Summit County Board of Elections, a former state representative and deputy director of the Ohio Department of Insurance; Donald Cooper, a retired Falls firefighter-paramedic who served as assistant chief and a state fire marshal who is now the executive director of graduate medical education and research for Akron General Medical Center; Eric M. Czetli, former Stow Municipal clerk-of-courts, a former deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation; Donna Neff, a retired senior lecturer for the University of Akron, former personnel and compensation consultant for Cuyahoga Falls and Falls Municipal Court and former senior analyst for B.F. Goodrich and Richard Pierson, retired Falls Parks and Recreation superintendent.


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