Cuyahoga Falls -- City Council unanimously elected Councilman Don Walters (D-6) during an organizational meeting Jan. 7.
This is Walters' third time elected president of council, having served before in 2006 and 2007. He is in his 12th year on City Council.
"I'm honored that Council would choose me unanimously," Walters said.
After taking the oath of office, administered by Mayor Don Robart, Walters scheduled a second organizational meeting on Jan. 14 to announce committee appointments. Normally, Council elects all officers and makes all committee appointments during one organizational meeting.
"There may be some changes coming in the next week where we have to further realign all the committees," Walters said, following the Jan. 7 meeting. The next day, on Jan. 8, the Summit County Democratic Central Committee selected Falls City Councilwoman Diana Colavecchio (D-5) as the new clerk of courts for Stow Municipal Court (See story on Page 1). Colavecchio said she will resign from Council once her appointment is certified by the Ohio Secretary of State's office.
A lifelong resident of Cuyahoga Falls, Walters, 49, attended the Falls City Schools. Walters noted that he was inspired by a neighbor to run for office.
"Ironically, my neighbor was Mayor Quirk," Walters said. "I knew him and his family growing up. He spurred my interest in local politics and government and I've always had a big interest in the city."
He noted that his predecessor as Ward 6 councilman, Tom Velo, was his algebra teacher at Roberts Junior High School.
Walters and his wife of 2 1/2 years, Stephanie, have five children between them, ranging in age from 17 to 28. He is a 23-year employee of YRC (Yellow Roadway Corporation) in Copley where he works in dock operations.