By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted Councilman at Large Mark Mahoney has resigned his council position and applied for disability from his Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor’s position due to health reasons.
Mahoney, who is recovering from head surgery and related treatments, had Council Clerk Marie Gallo read his resignation letter at the May 7 City Council meeting. Afterward, he said his health issues prompted him to seek the disability from the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System), leave council and go on disability from the county job.
“It’s the primary reason,” he said, noting that he couldn’t stay on council with the disability, but he could eventually go back to his county prosecutor’s job.
“I would hope to come back within a few months,” he said of the county prosecutor’s position. “I’m getting treatment for the medical issues.”
Mahoney was re-elected, unopposed, to his council position two years ago, along with fellow council members at large Kevin Kearney and Angela Williamson. He was first elected to the office several years ago. Because of his resignation, council has 30 days from the effective date of his resignation, May 8, to fill the position. If council does not fill it, the appointment falls to Mayor Kevin Kennedy.
Gallo said council is accepting applications for the position through May 20. Applicants must have lived in the city for two years prior to Nov. 5, 2013. With the timing of the resignation, the vacant position will be on the ballot in November, along with the four council ward seats, council president and the elected administrative posts of mayor, law director and finance director. Normally, the three at-large posts and four ward seats are elected two years apart from each other.