Groveport City Council is expected to interview five applicants Monday, April 9, for a vacancy created when former Councilman Marvin Stevens resigned after a little more than two months in office.
Cheryl Ballou, Chad Grashel, Dan Knode, Marie Kujawski, Jack Rupp Jr. and Amy Shropshire submitted resumes and letters to the city prior to the March 30 deadline. However, Kujawski has withdrawn, Clerk of Council Ruth-Anne Ross said.
Ballou is a regional account manager for United States Traffic Network, based in Chicago, and president of the Village of Grovepointe Condo Association, where she helps resolve legal issues and implements policies for the association.
Grashel is a service-quality specialist for NetJets Inc. He has served as a Groveport Recreation Center basketball kids camp volunteer.
Knode is general manager of operations for American Limo’s Columbus office. He previously served eight years on Groveport City Council
Rupp is an assistant fire chief for Plain Township. He has served on the city’s water and city charter committees and currently chairs the Personnel Board of Review. He also serves on the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Board of Directors.
Shropshire is the founder and principal of CASK Communications, a marketing consulting firm. She also served as coordinator of Citizenship Washington Focus for the National 4-H Council. Currently, she is the marketing director for the nonprofit Drupal4Gov.
Stevens resigned March 12 after he was notified by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System that he would lose health-insurance coverage if he remained on City Council. He is the second Groveport council member to step down because of OPERS health-insurance rules. The late Donna Drury resigned in December 2015.
The remaining council members could vote April 9 to choose Stevens’ replacement.
According to the city charter, council has 30 days from the date of Stevens’ resignation to appoint someone to fill his unexpired term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
If council does not name a replacement within that time frame, Mayor Lance Westcamp has the authority to make an appointment.