Cleveland Councilman Terrell Pruitt will take time out from full-time service to his constituents to serve his country.
He is a major in the Ohio National Guard. He recently got notice he will be deployed in the Balkans for 180 days.
During his absence, Councilwoman Dona Brady will take over for him as temporary chair of Council's Utilities Committee.
Ward 1 Councilman Pruitt will stay connected to his fellow council members and constituents via phone or video conference.
His executive assistant, James Richards, will address citizen concerns and ward problems and issues during Pruitt's time overseas.