Gahanna City Council began interviews for Thomas Evers' Gahanna City Council seat this week.

Gahanna City Council began interviews for Thomas Evers' Gahanna City Council seat this week.

The final interview for the 12 applicants for the ward 3 seat will occur April 5, prior to the next regular council meeting, according to Isobel Sherwood, council clerk.

The residents who applied are as follows:

Alveda Bates of Jahn Drive, a 50-year resident of the city who retired from Lucent Technologies in 2000 and volunteers as a spokesperson for Chesterfield Estates.

David Drumm of Dunoon Drive, a 30-year resident of the city who retired from Lucent Technologies and worked as a newspaper cartoonist. He currently works as manager of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio.

Steve Kostelnik of Greythorne Place, a 14-year resident who works for JPMorgan Chase and served on the city's charter review commission.

Brian Larick of Hunters Glen, a nine-year resident who works for JPMorgan Chase.

Jeffrey Mattern of Ashley Court, an 11-year resident who works for American Electric Power and volunteers for the Rathburn Woods Civic Association.

Matt Monell of Howland Drive, a 20-year resident who works for Middleton Doll of Columbus and volunteers for the Rathburn Woods Civic Association.

Jennifer Price of Rice Avenue, who owns Price Communications and has volunteered with the city, serving on many boards, including the charter review commission.

Michael Roberson of Greythorne Place, who has lived in ward 3 since the 1990s and retired from the U.S. Department of Defense in May of 2008.

J. David Schroeder of Jahn Drive, who retired from the state fire marshal's office in 2007 and now works as a civil service commissioner for the city.

Douglas R. Strait of Higley Court, a lifelong resident of Gahanna who owns Signatures DeliCafe in Olde Gahanna and a real estate agent with Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty.

V. Patrick Tague of Meadow Cove Place, who has lived in Gahanna since 1984 and owns Tague Insurance.

David B. Thom of Haversham Drive, a lifelong resident who served on council from 2001 to 2003 and has served on several city boards and commissions. He worked for 40 years in the sheet-metal, heating-cooling and commercial roofing industry, currently consulting in the heating-cooling industry.

Evers announced his resignation Jan. 17 and served through the end of February. He left Gahanna after accepting another position with Abbott Laboratories in Washington, D.C.

According to the city's charter, council has 30 days to make an appointment. The deadline is April 14. If council cannot make a decision by ten, the mayor will be required to make the appointment.

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