Solon’s new clerk of council Donna Letourneau is no stranger to the city and its officials.
For nearly 10 years, she served as an assistant clerk of council, learning the ins and outs of the position, before taking on the role of administrative coordinator for the city’s water reclamation department.
A resident of Streetsboro, Ms. Letourneau was recently appointed clerk of council, filling the role of Carol McConoughey who retired earlier this year. Ms. Letourneau, 60, will be paid an annual salary of $60,000 plus $1,448 in longevity.
“Donna knows the city and was the perfect choice,” Mayor Edward H. Kraus said. “We won’t miss a beat.”
Ms. Letourneau said that, when she began in the clerk’s office as assistant, she enjoyed being a part of the “ever-changing projects” that would come up, as well as meeting with different residents. Her involvement with the planning commission was also interesting, she said, in that she was able to learn of new businesses coming into town and their plans.
A native of Rhode Island, Ms. Letourneau said she will work in her new position keeping the clerk’s office functioning well, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
She brings to the position a knowledge of the department and plans to work closely with all of the city departments as well as members of City Council.
“We all will have a good working relationship,” she said.
Her goal moving forward, Ms. Letourneau said, is to make the clerk’s office one that welcomes feedback and encourages people to reach out with any concerns.
“I want people to feel comfortable to be able to come to this office, ask questions and get information if necessary and then relaying it to the council,” she said.
Ms. Letourneau is a true “team player,” the mayor added, noting that she filled in at the Water Reclamation Department, adding a great deal of value.
Ms. Letourneau said that, while there the past three years, she enjoyed helping prepare for such events as Earth Day and the drug take back program as well as work with Director Paul Solanics, who helped her build confidence.
“She was invaluable there,” Mayor Kraus added of her time at the water reclamation department. “She will be great here at City Hall and by the amount of people that will miss her at water rec, it tells you the kind of person she is and the kind of employee she is.”
Ms. Letourneau, who holds degree in business administration from Bryant University, moved to Ohio in 2000. She has three daughters and four grandchildren.