Former Parma mayor Dean DePiero will become Aurora's law director, succeeding Alan Shorr, following an announcement by Mayor-elect Ann Womer Benjamin. Shorr will continue in his current role through Dec. 31.
"I have a great deal of respect for (Womer Benjamin)," DePiero said. "I've known her a long time. We had a good working relationship when we were in the state Legislature together. I'm glad to be able to work with her and in such a great community."
DePiero served with Womer Benjamin for five years in Ohio House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003. He went on to serve as Parma mayor for eight years from 2004 to 2012.
Womer Benjamin said DePiero was "a tremendous colleague and friend in the Ohio House. He was willing to tackle important issues in a practical and thoughtful fashion."
DePiero said he kept in touch with Womer Benjamin but had no idea he was under consideration for the job.
DePiero is an attorney for the Cleveland-based firm of McDonald Hopkins and is assistant law director and prosecutor in Broadview Heights. In the mid-1990s, he served as Berea assistant law director and prosecutor.
No salary has been determined yet for DePiero.
Shorr, who has served as Aurora law director for 12 years, was appointed by former Mayor Lynn McGill.
"I've enjoyed being the law director very much," Shorr said. "I enjoyed working with City Council for the most part and with all the city directors. It's been a good 12 years."
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