Delaware County Republican Party leaders will have a deep pool of applicants from which to select a new county commissioner.

Delaware County Republican Party leaders will have a deep pool of applicants from which to select a new county commissioner.

The county GOP Central Committee expects to replace outgoing county commissioner Kris Jordan on Jan. 8.

In doing so, the committee will choose from 11 applicants who this month filed as candidates with the GOP after Jordan on Nov. 4 won a race for the Ohio House of Representatives' 2nd district.

The appointee will serve out Jordan's remaining two-year term as county commissioner, and join fellow first-time commissioners and Republicans Ken O'Brien and Tommy Thompson. O'Brien and Thompson will take office in January.

Noting the applications aren't public records, Delaware County GOP chairwoman Teri Morgan wouldn't provide ThisWeek with the applicants' resumes or background information. She said Gerry Cotter, Jerry Paul and Steven Jefferis currently are trustees from Genoa, Harlem and Delaware townships, respectively.

Other candidates include Delaware County auditor Todd Hanks, county GOP Central Committee member John Watkins, John McDavid, Johnny Regula, Roger Faulkner, Christopher Acker, Ron Hobelman and Raymond Blinn.

Morgan said the central committee hasn't determined how it will screen the candidates, but will look for a candidate who will seek election to the post after serving the remainder of Jordan's term.

"I would think at this point we would hear from all 11 candidates," she said. "Certainly, what we'll be looking for is someone who is electable and can hit the ground running with a full campaign."