Community reacts to DiGenova’s departure from Council


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



Vietnam veteran and City Council member Joe DiGenova offered the keynote address at the Delaware Veterans Memorial dedication in May 2016. Citing health, DiGenova submitted his resignation to City Council.

Vietnam veteran and City Council member Joe DiGenova offered the keynote address at the Delaware Veterans Memorial dedication in May 2016. Citing health, DiGenova submitted his resignation to City Council.


File photo | The Gazette

A congressman commended Joe DiGenova’s accomplishments, nearly two weeks before the Third Ward councilman submitted his letter of resignation to Delaware City Council for health reasons.

U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa, recognized his “friend and neighbor” in an extension of remarks before the House of Representatives on March 2.

“DiGenova has dedicated his life to quietly, but profoundly, serving his nation and community. As a young man, he answered his nation’s call, risking life and limb in service during the Vietnam War. Upon completing his military commitment, Joe returned home and devoted the next several decades to advocating for youth, veterans, local schools and countless civic projects,” he said.

Tiberi highlighted DiGenova’s accomplishments including youth government programs, support for Delaware City Schools and leading the way to build a permanent veterans memorial in Delaware.

“Joe’s tireless work ethic and humble attitude garnered him the highest admiration of his neighbors. They saw fit to elect him to public office repeatedly for more than 25 years,” Tiberi said.

“I am confident that his impact will be lasting and his efforts cherished for generations to come.”

Extensions of remarks are only used by House of Representative members to publish additional statements not actually delivered on the House floor.

Local government officials and organizations have reacted on social media this week to DiGenova’s resignation.

Joe has “left us a legacy of great works for which we will remain forever grateful,” said Barb Lewis, a Delaware county commissioner.

“He may be resigning his seat, but he will always be Councilman Joe DiGenova in my heart,” said Councilwoman Lisa Keller.

“Joe DiGenova is a shining example of selfless community service. It is an honor to serve with him on Delaware City Council,” Councilman George Hellinger said.

In his letter, DiGenova said his resignation would be effective April 30.

“It seems like only yesterday I was appointed to on City Council. It became what became, initially, a wonderful experience for me after 25.5 years,” he said.

Vietnam veteran and City Council member Joe DiGenova offered the keynote address at the Delaware Veterans Memorial dedication in May 2016. Citing health, DiGenova submitted his resignation to City Council.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2017/03/web1_DSC_3277CMYK.jpgVietnam veteran and City Council member Joe DiGenova offered the keynote address at the Delaware Veterans Memorial dedication in May 2016. Citing health, DiGenova submitted his resignation to City Council. File photo | The Gazette

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.