When David Steinman took his oath of office on Worthington City Council 30 years ago, he never imagined that his small-town experience was grooming him for a career in politics in a much glitzier city.

When David Steinman took his oath of office on Worthington City Council 30 years ago, he never imagined that his small-town experience was grooming him for a career in politics in a much glitzier city.

But that is exactly what happened, Steinman said last week after learning he had been appointed to the Las Vegas City Council.

Steinman, 68, will be sworn in on Jan. 7 as an interim council member in the city that he has called home since 1999. He will serve until the March primary, or, if no one receives enough votes, until the June general election.

At that time, he plans to return to his position on the Las Vegas Planning Commission on which he has served for five years.

Steinman also serves on the Sun City Summerlin Community Association homeowners association, which governs a 7,781-home retirement community, is chairman of the community's architectural review committee and is chief of its security patrol.

"I came here to retire and play golf, and I do neither," he said.

Steinman was equally busy in Worthington. He was appointed to the Municipal Development Commission (now the Municipal Planning Commission) and to the Board of Zoning Appeals in January 1978. A year later, he was elected to city council, on which he served until May 1983.

"At the time I didn't know that experience would lend itself well to what I'm doing in later life in Las Vegas," he said.

He has fond memories of many with whom he served, especially the late John Coleman; current council president Lou Goorey; and Lou Briggs, who retired from council last year.

"They taught me a lot," he said.

Steinman left Worthington in 1983 to take a banking job in Maryland, then moved to Pittsburgh, where he retired from Mellon Bank in 1999.

He has always returned to Worthington for frequent visits, and occasionally attends a city council meeting to keep up with the people and events in the city that he considers home.

He now returns to central Ohio every two to four months to visit his two daughters and four grandchildren. Daughter Stacy Summers lives in Westerville and Susan Bateman in Pataskala.

Steinman grew up on Fox Lane and lived on Greenglade Avenue as an adult. He worked for Bank One and Bank of America.

He said he loves living in Las Vegas, and encourages all of his old Worthington friends to visit.

"Come to Las Vegas and spend money," Steinman said. "It's a great place to visit and a great place to live."

cbrooks@thisweeknews.com