Eric K. Busch has been appointed by the Westerville City Council to fill its seventh seat, which soon will be vacated by councilman Terry Winebrenner.

Eric K. Busch has been appointed by the Westerville City Council to fill its seventh seat, which soon will be vacated by councilman Terry Winebrenner.

Council took a silent vote at a special meeting Tuesday night, passing slips of paper to law director Bruce Bailey and clerk of council Mary Johnston. Busch was selected from a pool of 14 applicants.

"We want to thank all who applied," said council chairwoman Diane Fosselman. "We had a great wealth of experience, knowledge and involvement in the community, and it means a lot to the six of us up here that people are interested in their community."

Busch, a city resident for 26 years, retired from Ohio State University in 2005 after serving as assistant vice president of student affairs, according to the application he submitted to the city.

Since his retirement, Busch has been active with the Westerville Kiwanis Club, serving as lieutenant governor for 2007-08. He currently is serving a second term on Westerville's Recreation Advisory Board, where he is in his second year as vice chairman.

Busch also serves on the Parks Foundation Board, and was co-chair of the Westerville Public Library's 2007 levy campaign.

According to his resume, Busch earned a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences and an MBA with emphasis in finance, both from Ohio State. He also currently is assisting Ohio State's department of public safety in restructuring its budget, and is a part-time representative for the Everhart Financial Group of Dublin.

Winebrenner announced his intention of resigning his position on May 6, citing career advancement for his decision. He soon will become a regional office manager for Gannett Fleming, which he said will require him eventually to relocate to Raleigh, N.C.

Winebrenner was elected to a four-year term on council last November. He previously served on council from 2001 to 2005 and was vice-chairman from 2003 to 2005.

Busch will sit on council for the duration of Winebrenner's term since the vote was made to fill the unexpired term.

Fosselman said during the meeting that council will make arrangements for Busch's swearing in at a time that is convenient for him.