MAYFIELD HEIGHTS -- Wednesday morning, Mayor Greg Costabile, who also serves as the city's safety director, told city council that he was resigning, a move effective as of Feb. 1.
Costabile's resignation was prefaced by the statement that he resigned "...to devote more time to family matters and his law practice."
WKYC's John Anderson has confirmed that Costabile, 46, resigned as part of a plea agreement with Cuyahoga County prosecutors, according to Mayfield Heights Law Director Leonard Carr.
Carr said Costabile, who is also an attorney and has been mayor for seven years, resigned from office because he "is going to plead guilty to two misdemeanors" in an investigation into why Costabile did not publicly reveal the amount of money he received from two businesses doing business with the City of Mayfield Heights.
That disclosure is required by elected officials under the state's ethics laws.
Those two are Seagull Development Corporation and real estate developer Donald Barr.
Costabile, who was in Mayfield Heights City Hall Monday, declined to speak with WKYC. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office also declined to comment.
WKYC did speak with Council President Anthony DiCicco but DiCicco declined to comment on Costabile. DiCicco will assume the mayor/safety director position and did tell WKYC that he anticipates no other changes during the transition for him to become mayor.
Council launched its own investigation into Costabile and Seagull back in 2011.
Here is the entire text of the city's release regarding Costabile:
"As rewarding as my service to the City of Mayfield Heights has been, it is time that I refocus my time and energies on other aspects of my life," Mr. Costabile said. "This has been a very difficult decision. My children are growing up quickly and I do not wish to miss out on opportunities with them and my wife that I will not be able to replace. My wife and I have had countless conversations about this decision and agree this is the best course for our family."
Mr. Costabile has served the City of Mayfield Heights as Mayor and Safety Director for seven years. He has also served as the city's first Volunteer Juvenile Magistrate, as a City Councilman, and as City Council President covering a period of nearly fifteen years.
Council President Anthony DiCicco will fill the mayor's unexpired term. "I am honored to serve the people of Mayfield Heights and eager to start work on programs to make our community even greater," said Mr. Dicicco. "Under Greg's leadership, we have come a long way together-but there is still much to do. I'd like to thank Mayor Costabile for his hard work and sound leadership."
During his tenure as Mayor, Greg Costabile presided over significant infrastructure improvement and economic development programs for the city. His administration maintained city services, programs and personnel without cutbacks or tax increases despite the country's severe recession. Successful economic development initiatives included key additions to Mayfield Heights' corporate park and significant new jobs to the community.
In addition, for the first time in its history, the city obtained major federal, state and local government grants totaling more than$1.5 million. Significant improvements to all recreational facilities were made as well as vast improvements to senior services and programs. The Mayor inherited the city's worst lawsuit and was able to resolve it within months of taking office saving the city millions of dollars. He also successfully managed the Mayfield Road Project under time and under budget. The city acquired Oakville Park for one dollar and rolled out an energy-saving "green" initiative in city hall buildings.
"We could not have made the tremendous progress we have seen without the hard work of my department heads, the leadership of Council President DiCicco with City Council, and all of the city's wonderful and dedicated employees. I am very proud of my record as mayor. We have achieved many notable milestones in one of the most challenging economies in recent memory," said Mr. Costabile.
"I am confident I am leaving the City of Mayfield Heights in good hands, and I am pleased the timing of my departure will provide for a seamless and orderly transition on the part of my successor. Mayfield Heights is poised for a vibrant future."