With 20 months left in his final term, Stow Law Director Brian Reali has submitted his resignation effective May 2, citing term limits as the reason for his leaving.
In a press release from the city, Reali said, pending authorizing legislation from the Beachwood City Council, he will be accepting the post of law director for that city.
" . . . the imposition of term limits will prevent me from continuing in my position beyond December 31, 2015," Reali said. "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."
Reali has been the city's law director since his election in 2008 after serving as the deputy law director from 2000 to 2008. Before coming to Stow, he was the assistant Coshocton County Prosecutor from 1998 to 2000.
Reali has also served as a major and judge advocate for the Ohio Army National Guard since 2000. He was deployed three times: to Kosovo in 2004-05, Kuwait in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2012.
"It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Stow, Ohio and I am thankful for the trust they placed in me," Reali stated.
"I will continue to make Stow my home. Stow is a great place to live and raise a family," he added. "I look forward to further serve my community if called upon."
"Brian has been a great asset to the city for many years. His depth of knowledge and commitment to the city has been outstanding -- he has been so helpful to me in my role as mayor and I will miss him tremendously," said Mayor Sara Drew. "I understand and support him in this decision and am sure he will be very valuable to the city of Beachwood. I wish him nothing but the best and look forward to Brian continuing to be actively involved in our community as a resident."
Thanking his city of Stow coworkers, Reali said, "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."
He added, "Most importantly, I would like to thank my family for their encouragement, love and support."
According to the city, the city's charter allows the mayor to appoint a law director for up to 75 days. After that time, the mayor may appoint someone to the law director post with City Council's confirmation to complete the unexpired term.