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Gahanna City Council

Samuel resigns, says he's moving to Florida


David Samuel, Gahanna at-large City Council member, has resigned effective immediately.

Council president Stephen Renner made the announcement Aug. 12, saying a letter was received late in the day.

In his letter, Samuel said he and his wife are retiring and moving to Florida.

"I am honored to have been part of the growth and development of Gahanna and also for having the opportunity to work with forward-thinking and dedicated people," Samuel wrote in his letter.

Renner said those interested in completing his council term should send a resume to City Hall by Aug. 29. Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to Isobel Sherwood, clerk of council, city of Gahanna, 200 S. Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH 43230 or by email to

Samuel's term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Council will consider candidates during executive sessions scheduled for Sept. 3 and 9.

In addition to an appointment to fill Samuel's seat, the majority of council could change in January as each of council's four ward seats has at least one challenger in November's election.

Samuel won his at-large council seat in 2011.

During his campaign for council, he said he would continue his commitment to policies that attract new businesses and provide comprehensive services, financial stability and well-planned development for Gahanna.

He called Gahanna the "jewel" of central Ohio, boasting its location, schools, diverse population and inspiring religious and civic organizations.

Samuel had retired from Columbus City Schools after 45 years as a teacher, coach, school administrator and school transportation manager. Most recently, he was a consultant for School Emergency Training Solutions.