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City Council still deliberating candidates to replace Wolfe


New Albany City Council could not reach a consensus last week after interviewing 13 of the 14 applicants who want to serve the two remaining years of Chris Wolfe's term.

Wolfe resigned in December.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson said City Council interviewed seven candidates Jan. 7 and six Jan. 9 and went into executive session Jan. 9 to discuss the appointment.

After the Jan. 9 executive session, City Council set a special meeting for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 to continue deliberations, Ferguson said.

Council is asking all candidates similar questions: to define the role of city government; list their strengths; talk about 2013 city accomplishments and ways the city could be better; give their stance on tax incentives; and explain how they collaborate with others when serving on a board.

All of the candidates were asked if they were willing to run for the seat in two years and all were also asked if they would be willing to serve on other boards or commissions.

"I was surprised at how many applied," Ferguson said. "We didn't have nearly that many last time we did this."

Ferguson said she was surprised none of the applicants ran for election to City Council in November. The four incumbents -- Colleen Briscoe, Chip Fellows, Glyde Marsh and Sloan Spalding -- ran unopposed Nov. 5.

"I guess it supports the theory that more people would be willing to serve if they didn't have to be involved in a campaign or elections," she said.

The candidates who interviewed for the position are:

* Marlene Brisk of Ogden Woods Boulevard, an attorney and vice president of lease administration with the Schottenstein Property Group and a member of the city's board of zoning appeals.

* Lawrence Cohen of Sugarwood Drive, an attorney who is corporate commodity manager for the Commercial Vehicle Group of New Albany. He is a member of the city's tax-incentive review council and economic-development commission.

* Christa Dimon Deegan of James River Road, an attorney who is the principal assistant attorney general and litigation coordinator for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

* Michael Durik of Keswick Commons, owner of MLD Consulting who has served the past two years on the New Albany Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

* Charlie Evranian of Dean Farm Road, who spent 10 years working with the Virginia and Ohio state fairs and was a member of the New Albany Community Events board.

* Thomas Fellrath of Griswold Drive, a stay-at-home father since 2009 who has past experience with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, chambers of commerce and has a master's degree in public administration.

* Richard Fisher of Cedar Brook Place, campus coordinator of safety and security for the New Albany-Plain Local School District and a member of City Council from 1997 to 2002.

* David Gawel of Picket Place, a project executive with the Renier Construction Corp. of Columbus and past member of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

* Matt Gleason of Ogden Woods Boulevard, a senior studying philosophy at DePauw University in Indiana who expects to graduate in May.

* Kasey Kist of Olmstead Road, founder and president of Keystone Building Contractors.

* Julie Kriss of Chelsea Green West, managing partner with the Kriss Enterprises public- relations firm and a member of the New Albany Rotary Club board and New Albany Women's Network board of directors.

* Lucy Massullo-LaPerna of Alpath Road, a physician with Riverside Radiology Associates.

* Michael Mott of Harlem Road, who retired from the Defense Supply Center Columbus and served on City Council from 1991 to 2009.

* Glenn B. Redick of James River Road, an attorney and chief of the litigation section in the civil division of the Columbus City Attorney's Office.