Gahanna City Council has appointed Andre Porter to fill the unexpired at-large council seat of Tom Kneeland.

Gahanna City Council has appointed Andre Porter to fill the unexpired at-large council seat of Tom Kneeland.

Council made the decision after interviewing candidates during a Jan. 25 special meeting.

Porter has been an attorney with Schottenstein Zox & Dunn for the past five years. The firm specializes in energy, broadband and public utilities; real estate tax/municipal law; and government and regulatory affairs.

Porter said he would contribute to council in a manner consistent with values of local residents by focusing on strengthening safe and vibrant neighborhoods, expanding the city's business base and ensuring the most efficient stewardship of Gahanna's physical and financial resources.

In a letter to council, Porter wrote that his approach to decision making is to gather facts, study the issues, ask questions, consider alternatives, consult interested parties and take action in a decisive manner.

Porter served as president of Gahanna's Community Improvement Corporation in 2010, and he was re-elected to that post for 2011. He currently serves on the 2011 charter-review commission.

He's also past chairperson of the Gahanna Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Rose Run resident is also a past member of the Olde Gahanna Vision Plan commission and the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Kneeland resigned from council in December to accept the city's position of information-technology director.

The term for the vacant seat runs through Dec. 31. Porter will be required to

run for election in November to retain the seat.

For more on this story, read the Feb. 3 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.