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Ferguson appoints Mott to replace Wolfe on City Council


New Albany Mayor Nancy Ferguson said she decided Jan. 19 to appoint former councilman Mike Mott to replace Chris Wolfe, who resigned in December.

Mott, who served on New Albany City Council from 1991 to 2009, said he resigned to spend more time with his children and because of his work at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus.

He said he applied to fill the two remaining years of Wolfe's term because he no longer works at the supply center and his daughter no longer plays college sports.

New Albany City Council interviewed 14 candidates for the position and could not reach a consensus after deliberating in executive sessions Jan. 9 and 17.

In addition to Mott, those interviewed were: Marlene Brisk, Lawrence Cohen, Christa Dimon Deegan, Michael Durik, Charlie Evranian, Thomas Fellrath, Richard Fisher, David Gawel, Matt Gleason, Kasey Kist, Julie Kriss, Lucy Massullo-LaPerna and Glenn B. Redick.

According to the city's charter, if City Council does not make the appointment within 60 days of a resignation, the appointment is made by the mayor. Wolfe resigned Nov. 19.

Ferguson said in a letter to all candidates she chose Mott because of his past experience.

"Mike has attended council meetings for 18 years, adopted 18 budgets and helped create four strategic plans during his previous service as a council member," Ferguson wrote.

"He understands density issues, housing banks, (the New Albany Co.'s) 1998 (planned-unit development), the findings of the Smart Growth Coalition, school funding, the challenges of Licking County development and the two functions of the New Albany Community Authority.

"He helped New Albany open its first business park, hire its first economic-development director and makes excellent decisions on incentives. He has worked well with the stakeholders at the (New Albany-Plain Local) school district, (Plain) Township and (the New Albany-Plain Local) Joint Parks District, and he brings his environmental expertise to the city. Most of the people interviewed for the position would have done an outstanding job, but I feel Michael Mott's experience makes him the best person to fill the vacancy at this present time."

Mott said he's been following City Council's work and planned to sit down with city staff members last week to get caught up on anything he's missed.

He was sworn in Jan. 21 at City Council's regular meeting.