April 25, 2014

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Avon Lake Council president is honored

Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell accepted Cleveland State University’s Leadership Academy’s 2013 David C. Sweet Award for outstanding elected official at a dinner May 23.

Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell accepts the David C. Sweet Award for outstanding elected official May 23 at Cleveland State University.

Avon Lake City Council President Marty O’Donnell accepts the David C. Sweet Award for outstanding elected official May 23 at Cleveland State University.

A graduate of the CSU Leadership Academy, O’Donnell is also a graduate of Ohio State University.

He is in his third term on Council as an at-large representative, having first been elected in 2001.

O’Donnell has chaired the majority of City Council committees during that period and has been active in efforts leading to the city’s joining the 911 Regional Dispatch Center, a move that resulted in tax savings and freed up a city firefighter for duties including answering emergency runs.

The Avon Lake Community Council is another of O’Donnell’s accomplishments.

The community council is comprised of 29 local and civic organizations that share resources and information with the intent of keeping each organization strong through membership, fundraising and sharing resources to aid the community as a whole through efforts, including the annual “March Away Hunger Drive,” which provides food to local families in need.

As Avon Lake Council president, O’Donnell also worked to bring about the first public interview process of council candidates to fill absentee council posts.

Residents were invited to ask questions as opposed to the typical closed-door executive session that is used in such instances.

O’Donnell is a retired 33-year veteran of the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency where he served as deputy director.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.