With the changes that Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic recently announced for his cabinet, one key spot remained noticeably unmentioned: chief of staff.

Asked Tuesday if he had an announcement forthcoming, Plusquellic replied, “No.”

Asked if he had a timeline for choosing someone for the position, the mayor again said, “No.”

The chief of staff job has been vacant since Rick Merolla retired last summer. He briefly served in the role in the fall of 2012, after the departure of Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth, 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 the role.

Plusquellic recently announced the retirement of Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Bob Bowman, the promotion of Deputy Planning Director Sam DeShazior to Bowman’s former job and the appointment of Adele Roth, economic development manager, to DeShazior’s spot.

Former Akron Councilwoman Terry Albanense will assume a newly created post of assistant to the mayor for education health and families. That will replace the former deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations post that Laraine Duncan formerly held.