Nine Bexley residents met the Feb. 24 deadline to apply for the city council vacancy created after Ben Kessler was named mayor Feb. 6.

Nine Bexley residents met the Feb. 24 deadline to apply for the city council vacancy created after Ben Kessler was named mayor Feb. 6.

The field of applicants includes John G. Adams, Lori Ann Feibel, Katharine C. Giller, Richard Marshall Lange, Anne Rath Lewis, Chester T. Lyman Jr., Peter V. Roberts, Howard Schnitz and Jan Zupnick.

Kessler vacated his seat on city council on Feb. 6 when he was elected by his fellow council members to replace the late Mayor John Brennan. Council President Rick Weber said he is confident council will be able to fill the vacancy within the 60 days permitted by the city charter.

Council members will review the list of candidates and conduct brief individual interviews. A date for those interviews is yet to be announced.

• Adams, a South Gould Road resident, with 30 years' experience in finance and management, currently serves as director of financial and management reporting for American Electric Power. He has a master's degree in economics from Pace University in New York. His community involvement has included serving as a member of the Bexley Charter Review Commission and the Bexley City Finance Task Force. He has also served as a board member for the Columbus Jewish Day School, the Columbus Jewish Federation and Congregation Agudas Achim.

• Feibel, a South Drexel Avenue resident, and self-professed "domestic engineer," is a former educator. She graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio State University. She taught at St. Agatha School for seven years and has been involved with the Columbus School for Girls, where she was a member of the board of trustees. She has also been active in the Bexley Historical Society since 2005 and was elected to that group's board in 2009. She is a member of the St. Vincent Family Center board of trustees.

• Giller, an Ashbourne Road resident, is a marketing consultant with LyfeBank Ohio. She is a graduate of the Columbus School for Girls and earned her bachelor's degree from Princeton University. She is a member of the CSG board of trustees and is a volunteer with the Bexley Community Foundation, Twig III, the Bexley Women's Club and is chair of the CSG Jubilee fundraiser.

• Lange, a Montrose Avenue resident, is an attorney. He served with the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission as an administrative hearing officer from 1975-2009. He is a graduate of Columbus East High School, attended Yeshiva University in New York, earned a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.

• Lewis, a South Stanwood Road resident, is a health science consultant with Merck & Co. Inc. She is a 1984 Bexley High School graduate and earned her bachelor's degree from Boston College. She served on the centennial commission and volunteered to take over the city's 4th of July celebration when there was a vacancy. She subsequently took over the Bexley Celebrations Association. Lewis has also been involved with a number of community organizations, including the Friends of the Drexel Theatre, the Bexley Education Foundation, the Bexley Public Library and the Bexley Women's Club.

• Lyman, a Merkle Road resident, is an attorney in private practice. He is former assistant legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Transportation, former chief legal counsel and chief ethics officer for the Ohio Department of Commerce and a former bureau chief for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

• Roberts, a Vernon Road resident, is best known as the self-appolinted "Mayor of South Bexley." He is an executive recruiter who filed to run for mayor in 2011 but was disqualified for a lack of certified signatures on his nominating petitions. Roberts earned his bachelor's degree in administration and human resources from Capital University. He is active in a number of community organizations, including the Bexley Athletic Boosters and Bexley Recreation programs as a baseball, basketball and flag football coach.

• Schnitz, a South Stanwood Road resident, is a 1975 Bexley High School graduate and earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University. He owned and operated the old Key Oldsmobile with his father for 20 years and later served as the general manager for Hummer of Columbus. He also served as general manager for the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson dealership in downtown Columbus. Today he works with his wife at her Certified Public Accounting firm on East Main Street in Bexley.

• Zupnick, a South Cassady Avenue resident, narrowly missed out on a seat on city council in last fall's election, when he finished fifth. Zupnick is president of the Entrepreneurship Institute, a national nonprofit, private corporation that serves small and mid-sized companies. He graduated from Plainedge High School on Long Island, N.Y., earned a bachelor's degree from Hofstra University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Michigan State. Zupnick has served as a member of the Bexley Charter Review Commission, the Southwest Bexley Master Plan Committee and the Bexley Zoning Commission. He is currently a member of the planning (Main Street) commission. He also served as chairman of the search committee for Bexley development director and is a member of a number of Bexley Public Schools' task forces, including those relating to financial accountability. He was co-chair of the communications committee for the recently passed Bexley school levy.