STOW -- The city's law director Brian A. Reali has resigned and has accepted an offer to become law director for the city of Beachwood. Beachwood city council must pass legislation that authorizes his becoming law director.
Reali was an elected law director and still has 20 months left in his term but term limits prevent him from running again.
By Stow Charter, Mayor Sara Drew may appoint a Law Director for up to 75 days.
After that period has expired, she may appoint a Law Director with the confirmation of City Council for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Reali, in his resignation letter, recommended that Drew appoint Deputy Law Director Amber Zibritosky as law director.
Below is Reali's letter of resignation:
"Pending authorizing legislation from the Beachwood, Ohio City Council, I have been offered, and have accepted, the position of Law Director for the City of Beachwood, Ohio. After spending one year with Stow as an intern, eight years with Stow as the Deputy Law Director and six years with Stow as the elected Law Director, I will be leaving my position on May 2, 2014 to engage in this new opportunity.
Although I have approximately 20 months remaining in my term, the imposition of term limits will prevent me from continuing in my position beyond December 31, 2015. I believe it is in the best interest of my family to pursue a new opportunity in public service as the new Law Director for the City of Beachwood, Ohio.
It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Stow, Ohio and I am thankful for the trust they placed in me. I am extremely grateful for the friendships I developed in my time at the City of Stow.
I would like to thank my fellow employees at the City of Stow. It has been a pleasure working with them and learning from them. I would especially like to thank my staff who have made going to work every day a great experience and who will continue to work hard for the people of Stow. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family for their encouragement, love and support.
By Stow Charter, the Mayor may appoint a Law Director for up to 75 days. After that period has expired, the Mayor may appoint a Law Director with confirmation of City Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. I have recommended to Mayor Sara Drew the appointment of Deputy Law Director Amber Zibritosky. Mrs. Zibritosky has been the Deputy Law Director for 3 years and was placed in charge of the office during one of my deployments. She is extremely qualified for this position and will be a great asset to the City of Stow.
I will continue to make Stow my home. Stow is a great place to live and raise a family. I look forward to further serve my community if called upon."