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City Seeking to Hire New Council Clerk

The city of Martins Ferry is seeking a new clerk of council to fill a pending vacancy following the planned resignation of the current clerk.

The city is taking resumes until next Friday.

During last week’s City Council meeting, in a letter to council members Council Clerk Laura Zupko said she must be step down from the position because of family matters. A death recently occurred in the family.

Zupko was hired for the position in 2018 to replace Lee Ann Cleary, who held the job for 10 years.

Cleary quit to devote more time to her full-time job as children’s librarian in Wheeling.

According to information from the city, the clerk must have basic secretarial skills. The clerk keeps minutes of council meetings, in addition to reading new legislation and taking roll call during votes.

Resumes can be sent to: Martins Ferry City Council, 35 S. Fifth St., Martins Ferry, OH 43935. The salary and job description will be discussed during the interview process.

Zupko is expected to stay on as clerk for a few weeks until the city can find another person to fill the job.

She also works as court administrator for Belmont County Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Fregiato.

Zupko has lived in Martins Ferry for 19 years with her husband, Jim, who is a native of the city. She is a native of Columbus, which is where they met.

Zupko stayed at home with her children for six years after they were born before going back to work, first with Judge John Solovan and later Fregiato.

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