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Loveland Mayor Mark Fitzgerald resigns

Mayor Mark Fitzgerald (Provided) Mayor Mark Fitzgerald (Provided)

Loveland Mayor Mark Fitzgerald resigned both as mayor and from his seat on city council Monday during a city council special meeting. 

Council supported his resignation and appointed Angela Setell as the new mayor and the new vice mayor as Pam Gross.

More than 2,000 people had signed a petition in an effort to oust Fitzgerald. 

Representatives from Loveland Community Heartbeat PAC delivered the petitions to the Hamilton County Board of Elections on July 21. The group said “public outcry" in the Loveland community was growing over Fitzgerald’s conduct as mayor.

The group said that he did not let Loveland voters know about fraud allegations against him while he was the city administrator of North College Hill.

Council now has 30 days to agree upon a candidate or the appointment will go to newly-chosen mayor, Settell. The new Council member will then finish out the term of Fitzgerald, which ends on Dec. 1, 2019.

Fitzgerald has been on Loveland city council since 2007. On a rotating basis, members of the council appointed him mayor in December 2015. 

His resigning means there will be no recall issue on the ballot in November.

Our media partner, the Cincinnati Enquirer, said there have only been two mayoral recalls in recent years. One in 1975 in Clermont County and the other in 2005 in Hamilton County.

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