Worthington News

Reis replaces Hermann on planning commission

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Tom Reis, a longtime resident and retired architect, has been named to the Worthington Municipal Planning Commission.

He succeeds Chris Hermann, a professional city planner who stepped down last spring so that he and his firm, MKSK, could accept city contracts. Hermann served on the commission and the Architectural Review Board for seven years.

Reis said he accepted the position because he wanted to contribute to the community that has given him so many opportunities.

He retired after working 40 years as an architect for firms like Karlsberger and URS. He works part time for Korda Engineering.

Reis is retired from the boards of Columbus State Community College, Grant Hospital and Catholic Social Services. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Dublin-Worthington, where he is chairman of the foundation.

He and his wife, Sherry, raised two children in Worthington. Andy lives in Worthington, and Nina lives in Boston. Reis has five grandchildren.

Hermann is director of planning for MKSK, a firm that works in landscape architecture, urban design and planning.

The firm has worked with the city in the past. Future contractual relationships between the firm and Worthington were limited in recent years because of the conflict of interest that might have arisen.

In particular, Hermann may be hired by the city to lead proactive planning for the United Methodist Children's Home property, according to City Manager Matt Greeson.