Longtime Worthington resident Joseph Davis has been chosen to replace council member Mike Duffey.

Longtime Worthington resident Joseph Davis has been chosen to replace council member Mike Duffey.

Worthington City Council announced the appointment Dec. 20. Duffey was elected in November to serve the Ohio House of Representatives' 21st District.

Council had narrowed its search for Duffey's replacement to four finalists: Davis, Barbara Arnholt, Rachael Dorothy and Melissa Kirtley. The candidates were interviewed Dec. 16.

The evening brought both good news and bad news to Davis.

"I'm really, really excited about the appointment to council," he told ThisWeek, adding that he was surprised by the appointment.

Davis said one of his biggest goals would be to develop the economic sector without changing the environment.

"I want to make some really strong in-roads there," he said.

The bad news came when council decided to hold off on approving the expansion of his jewelry story, Worthington Jewelers. (See related story.)

The appointment to council, he said, adds "a layer of complexity."

He said he realizes the expansion is a sensitive area.

"Anything you do, you really have to be conscious of how it alters the geographic and historic center of the city," he said.

Davis will be sworn in Jan. 3, with his wife, Paget Davis, and 2-year-old son, Liam, in attendance, as well as close friends.