Joe LaVeck has been appointed Wellington’s new prosecutor.
He was chosen by a unanimous vote of village council Jan. 3 to replace Donald Zaleski, who held the position since 2008.
LaVeck has practiced at his own firm in Lorain since 2015; served as assistant law director, police legal advisor, and law clerk for the city of Lorain; and has been a staff attorney in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.
Mayor Hans Schneider said it was the village’s decision to move to LaVeck.
“Just in conversations with council and the police chief, the thought was to maybe move in a new direction,” he said. “Ultimately, it’s the call of the mayor. I decided we would go in this direction. We appreciate the work Mr. Zaleski did for us and we look forward to the work Joe’s going to do for us.”
As he met village officials, LaVeck said he already has significant experience working in Wellington and southern Lorain County.
“I grew up in Amherst, so I’m a local guy,” he said. “I started out as an intern in the city of Lorain’s prosecutor’s office. That’s where I got my initial prosecutor experience. I was doing some Wellington prosecutor work over the past two years and was offered this position.”
He said familiarity with the area and law enforcement in Wellington will help ease the transition process.
“I’ve gotten to know the chief and the men and women of the Wellington police department,” he said. “Like many of the other people I’ve met in this area, they were very decent to me and are very hard working. They really care about this community. What it comes down to is I want to serve the communities that I’ve lived in, the communities that have surrounded me, and the people I care about.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Joe LaVeck takes over Wellington village prosecutor duties from Donald Zaleski, who held the position since 2008.