GREEN Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer confirmed Tuesday morning the resignation of Law Director Diane Calta.
Calta was appointed in May 2016 to the position following the resignation of Steve Pruneski. Calta recently accepted the position of law director for the city of Beachwood in Cuyahoga County following being appointed by Beachwood City Council on April 2.
She will continue to work for Green through April 13 and the city is expected to begin searching for a new law director immediately.
"We wish Ms. Calta all the best in her new position," said Neugebauer. "The city of Green, especially those of us who work closely with Ms. Calta, admire her integrity, dedication and professionalism as an attorney and employee. Ms. Calta served our community well and guided us through a significant number of issues over the past two years, and for that we are grateful."
Calta’s served the city full-time with a salary of $93,000 per year.
Prior to Green, Calta was an associate with Walter Haverfield and a member of its public law group. Her 15-plus years of practice experience there covered a wide variety of disciplines, including municipal, litigation, real estate, probate and estate planning law.
She also served as the assistant director of law for the city of Pepper Pike and as special legal counsel for economic development for Mayfield Village. She also previously served as an assistant director of law for several Northeast Ohio communities, including Mayfield Village, Chagrin Falls, Bentleyville, and the city of Macedonia, and as the assistant prosecutor for the village of Bratenahl.
Calta is a graduate of the Valparaiso University School of Law, is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio; the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Brad Bryan, and their daughter, Madeline.
Until a new law director is found, the city will consult with a local law firm, yet to determined, for any legal matters.
Citizens for Responsible Green Government, which has filed a referendum in regards to the NEXUS settlement, is also circulating a petition to mandate the law director live in the city and be a position elected by the people. If enough signatures are gathered, the issue could appear on the November ballot.