Reynoldsburg City Council appointed Barth R. Cotner Monday night to fill a vacancy left when Antoinette Newman resigned on Dec. 31.

Reynoldsburg City Council appointed Barth R. Cotner Monday night to fill a vacancy left when Antoinette Newman resigned on Dec. 31.

The appointment becomes effective Feb. 1.

Cotner, 36, owner and manager of the Cotner Funeral Home, has lived in Reynoldsburg all of his life. He and his wife, Julie, have two children, Casey and Lucie.

Cotner recently served as co-chairman of the campaign committee pushing for voter approval of the Reynoldsburg school district's 6.9-mill operating levy in November 2008. He said he plans to stay involved in helping to get a May school operating levy passed.

He said Monday he definitely will have some things to learn as a member of council, but looks forward to it.

"I look at this as a new step and a new opportunity to keep serving Reynoldsburg," Cotner said. "That's why I've gotten so involved in so many community acitivities - I believe in Reynoldsburg. This is my home, where my business is and this is where I'm raising my family.

"I feel like council is another way that I'm going to be able to serve with those goals that I have," he said.

The other two finalists were Nathan Burd and Christopher J. Long.

Burd said he is happy for Cotner and wishes him well.

"He's a good guy. I wish him nothing but the best, and he's one of the nicest guys I know, actually, so I'm happy for him," he said.

Burd said he plans to stay active in the community and may run for office in some capacity with the city at some point.

Long said he is absolutely running in the May primary for a council seat.

"Barth is a decent guy and I think it's going to be a very crowded group that's going to be out in the May primary," Long said