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Whitman again resigns from council, accepts magistrate position

By Sue Botos

Rocky River

The carousel continues to turn for Rocky River City Council.

“They’re going to name a roller coaster at Cedar Point after me,” stated former Councilwoman at Large Anjanette Whitman, as she presented her second resignation within a year to council Monday.

Whitman has been appointed to serve as a magistrate at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Court, commencing Jan. 28. She did not join her colleagues at the council table for a final meeting due to the Ohio Judicial Code of Conduct, which does not allow judges and magistrates to serve as a City Council member.

Elected to council in 2008, Whitman vacated her post in June 2012 after being appointed by Gov. John Kasich to serve the term of Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Peter Sikora, who died in April 2012. Whitman sought election for a full term in November and was defeated by Michael Ryan.

After her departure from council, former school board member Fred DeGrandis was tapped to fill the at-large vacancy. After about three months, DeGrandis departed to head up the Cleveland Clinic’s operation in the United Arab Emirates.

Enter Whitman once more. In an unprecedented move, council re-appointed her to her former council seat in December.

“I thank you so much for entrusting me. This happened very suddenly,” Whitman said. She explained that she was called unexpectedly by Judge Janet Rath Colaluca on Jan. 21, then was interviewed the following day. Colaluca offered Whitman the job on the spot.

“I meant to stay here for the long run. I don’t want anyone to think this (council) is not (important). I take this very seriously,” Whitman told council.

In her resignation letter to council President Jim Moran, Whitman stated, “I completely disclosed all of my intended career aspirations to City Council when I applied for the vacant position. When I accepted the appointment back to City Council, being appointed to my new position with the domestic relations court was not a known option.”

 

 

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