Veteran Gahanna councilman Tom Kneeland has returned to fill the unexpired seat of David Samuel, who resigned last month.
Kneeland was officially appointed during the Sept. 16 Gahanna City Council meeting, after council considered 13 candidates.
“I’m honored to be back up here on the dais with you all,” Kneeland said. “My main goal is to serve the citizens of Gahanna. That’s my passion.”
In January of 2011, he resigned from his at-large council seat to accept the city's position of information-technology director. In September 2012, he became Whitehall’s first director of IT. He had worked as deputy of IT for Whitehall from 2008-11.
Kneeland began his political career in 1992 as Ward 1 council representative until 2001.
After five terms as a Ward 1 council member, he took a short absence to finalize retirement from then SBC, the local telephone company, where he was a transport technical-support manager and engineer working with high-capacity fiber-optic networks and digital transmission systems.
Kneeland returned to the political arena in late 2003 to run for office as an at-large council member, and he served two terms in that position.
Samuel resigned in August, saying he and his wife were retiring and moving to Florida.
He won his at-large council seat in 2011. His term expires Dec. 31, 2015.