Mayor Plusquellic today named veteran City Council President Marco Sommerville as the City's new Planning Director. Sommerville has served on City Council representing Ward 3 for over 25 years and as Council President for the past 14 years. "Marco has specific knowledge of Akron's neighborhoods having been involved throughout the City as Council President," said Mayor Plusquellic. "He also knows how to run a successful business. With these traits he brings great wisdom when balancing neighborhood and business issues. Marco has developed relationships with all segments of Akron's population which will be invaluable in continuing our growth." "I want to thank the Mayor for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Akron in this new capacity," responded Sommerville. "I have had a lifelong passion for serving our community, and this new opportunity allows me to do even more for our neighborhoods and businesses." Sommerville will assume his new duties effective January 1st, 2013.