Delaware government officials and the community last week mourned the death of city council member Jim Moore, who died in a July 28 airplane crash.

Delaware government officials and the community last week mourned the death of city council member Jim Moore, who died in a July 28 airplane crash.

City spokesman Lee Yoakum said, "Councilman Moore had three passions: His family, the airport and the city of Delaware. ... He chaired the airport commission, and he served as council's representative on the commission. It's one of his legacies, and it has stature right now as one of central Ohio's significant aviation facilities.

"And it wasn't just the airport. His fingerprints are on so many projects, initiatives and programs," Yoakum said. "Even unofficially, he would attend a meeting on behalf of another or offer his advice on subjects someone cared about. His last 11 years on council, he was one of the first to reach out to the National Guard about a partnership with the city on a training center. That will break ground in 2012. He worked on 911 with the county, he organized the fire levy, he was interested in just about every city operation, as every department head will tell you."

Moore was flying a rented airplane toward a landing at the city airport at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday when the plane apparently stalled, hit a tree and crashed into a soybean field near London Road and U.S. Route 42.

At press time, investigators were waiting to positively identify the pilot, pending a check of dental records.

An official city statement July 29 said, "We await official confirmation of the victim's identity from the county coroner but believe and are operating under the assumption that the pilot was City Councilman Jim Moore. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

County commissioner and former Delaware City Council member Todd Hanks said, "I served with Mr. Moore on council. This is a heartache. This community has lost a good public servant."

County administrator and former commissioner Debbie Martin said, "I worked closely with Mr. Moore. Many times we went toe to toe, but we were friends through it all, before it, after it. We both had our constituency to represent. He was a fine man. He advocated for that airport that he loved so dearly. This community has lost a gem."

The city charter spells out the procedure for filling a council vacancy. Interested applicants will apply to the city. The candidates will be invited to a special meeting and will be interviewed by council.

Council will vote to select a person to represent the first ward to fill Moore's unexpired term, expiring in 2011.