City Councilman Nathan Burd accepted an appointment last week to be Reynoldsburg's new public service director.
And the resulting vacancy on council may open the door for former Mayor Robert L. McPherson to return to public office.
McPherson is one of five applicants for the open seat. The others are Reynoldsburg school board member Ryan Brzezinski and city residents Norman Brusk, Monica DeBrock and Marshall Spalding.
Brusk and Brzezinski will be interviewed during an executive session after the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St. The others will be interviewed during a special council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11.
"It has been a great honor being on city council the last three years," Burd said Dec. 4. "I am excited about the opportunity to expand my service to the city in my new role as the director of public service.
" We have a great staff of dedicated people working for our residents and I'm glad to join them in a full-time capacity," he added. "I'll miss city council, but I'm grateful for this chance to be more involved in the day-to-day management of our city."
Whoever council chooses will fulfill the remainder of Burd's term in office, which expires at the end of 2013.
As public service director, Burd will be paid $72,000 a year and offered a benefits package valued at about $17,000. He was paid only $7,500 a year as a city council member, which is considered a part-time position.
He succeeds William Smith, who left last month.
Burd is a 2000 graduate of Ohio State University and received a master's degree in organizational management in 2011 from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. His experience includes three years as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives and a stint as deputy director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.
Burd and his wife, Jolene, started FlyComm Inc., a graphic design and print communications business, in 2006.
Burd was executive director of the Franklin County Republican Party from 2008 to 2010. He was elected to council in 2009 and ran unsuccessfully in November to represent the 20th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.