EAST PALESTINE — The village will be looking for a new manager now that Pete Monteleone has announced his plans to resign.
Village Council will meet in executive session today to discuss the resignation and also appoint an interim manager before beginning the hiring process for a permanent replacement.
Acting Mayor Alan Cohen said that Monteleone was offered a job in Shenandoah, Va., which is where he and his family were living before coming to East Palestine seven years ago.
A 1987 East Palestine High School graduate and Air Force veteran, Monteleone was working as police chief in Shenandoah when he applied for the police chief position in East Palestine.
Monteleone was unanimously hired by East Palestine council in February of 2012 for the police chief position to replace Clyde Hoffmeister, who had retired.
Monteleone’s career in law enforcement began in 1996 and includes serving as head narcotics investigator, a special state police officer with a regional drug task force, and as patrol officer before he served as chief for Shenandoah for 12 years.
Monteleone was promoted by village council to serve as village manager in June of 2012 to replace Gary Clark, who stepped down after 11 years in that position, although Clark already had 21 years with the village, having also served as police chief prior to taking the manager position.
Cohen said Monteleone was recently offered a job as a chief deputy sheriff for Page County, Va. Shenandoah is located in Page County.
“They made him a great offer. It was a better offer with more money than we can afford to pay him,”Cohen said. “I am sorry to see him go. I think he has been a top manager for this town.”