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Leetonia Utilities official resigns

LEETONIA — The village is losing its longtime superintendent of utilities at the end of this week.

Butch Donnalley, who has been with the village for 44 years, has turned in his resignation effective Friday to take a full-time position in another community. The name of the other community was not disclosed at the village council meeting Wednesday where Village Administrator Gary Phillips reported Donnalley’s departure.

Lisa Smith, chief operator for the water/sewer department, will assist Phillips until a replacement for Donnalley can be found. Phillips said he will advertise the position and take applications, then review the applications with the Water Committee, comprised of councilmen Neal Bayless, Bill Garlough and JR Ferry.

Phillips said the loss of Donnalley and his experience, dedication and commitment to the village will be significant.

“I know I’m going to miss Butch a lot,” he said. “We’ve worked together as a team to accomplish a lot of good things for this community.”

Phillips encouraged council to look for someone to fill Donnalley’s position, but then seriously consider hiring an assistant who can train for the superintendent position and eventually replace whoever is hired. He explained that most people council will find for the job will likely only have a few years before retirement.

“You don’t want to be in the same position four or five years down the road,” he said.

Mayor Kevin Siembida expressed appreciation for Donnalley, commending his dedication he has witnessed since taking over as mayor four years ago. Members of council also thanked Donnalley for his service to the village.

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