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At-large seat opens up on Dover City Council

| June 20, 2023
Dover Councilman Joe Sciarretti, left, talks to city engineering consultant Don Dummermuth after Sciarretti's final meeting as a Council member. He is resigning at the end of June.

DOVER (WJER) (June 20, 2023) – There is an opening on City Council.

At-large member Joe Sciarretti is resigning at the end of June because his family is moving out of Dover. Sciarretti says he’s leaving Council in good shape.

“I wasn’t a part of some of the turmoil that was here, but I certainly witnessed you as a body being led by the mayor and  [council] president and you in your respective wards and council-at-larges get your sea legs back and really come to a solid, cemented foundation.”

Sciarretti was appointed to the at-large seat one year ago. He replaced Justin Perkowski, who was appointed Council president to replace Shane Gunnoe, who was appointed interim mayor when Rick Homrighauen was suspended.

Gunnoe says the Tuscarawas County Republican Central Committee will have 45 days from Sciarretti’s resignation to appoint a replacement. That person will serve out the term that ends in 2025.

This is the fourth time in about a year the Republican Central Committee has had to fill a vacancy for Dover. In that time, the committee has appointed a council member, the current council president, and the current mayor.

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