Gahanna City Council welcomed two new police officers to the city on Monday, Feb. 3.

Gahanna City Council welcomed two new police officers to the city on Monday, Feb. 3.

Terrance (T.J.) Lohr, 33, and Steven Werner, 37, were sworn in by Mayor Becky Stinchcomb to kick off the regular council meeting.

Lohr is a central Ohio native who left central Ohio to join the U.S. Army, where he served at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a military police officer.

After leaving the service, he joined the Hickory, N.C., police department. He served there for more than five years before returning to central Ohio. He has a wife and two children.

Gahanna Police Chief Dennis Murphy said Lohr's father retired from the Columbus Division of Police.

Murphy said Werner has been a long-time educator. He lived in Maryland for many years. He has a wife and daughter.

The new officers fill two of six open positions, bringing the force to a total of 51 officers, said Ken Bell, deputy chief.

In other business Feb. 3, council action was postponed until Feb. 18 regarding a rezoning of residential parcels on 3.55 acres to neighborhood commercial for property located at 291-361 S. Hamilton Road and 390 Rocky Fork Drive S.

The change of use is proposed by applicant Jason Zadeh, president of Ranger Development Group LLC.

Council members voted to approve legislation for the execution and delivery of a joint economic development zone contract by and between Jefferson Township and the city of Gahanna.

During reports, council President Brian Larick said a separate meeting is being planning among City Council and school board representatives.

Instead of recapping council meetings to the school board and vice versa, he said, the entities are looking at how they can work collaboratively on shared areas of interest.

"We're looking at getting together next Tuesday," he said.

Councilman Ryan Jolley said the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau will host its annual year in review meeting from 7:30-9:14 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Creekside Conference and Event Center.

Stinchcomb said the city will be hosting international students from China during the next two weeks.

"Over the next two Wednesday mornings, we'll talk to them about Gahanna and U.S. government," she said.

Stinchcomb said she will also provide two State of the City addresses.

The first address will be to the business community during a Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Feb. 13.

The State of the City she's required to provide to the community by the Gahanna City Charter has been scheduled for March 13. She said specific details will follow.