New Albany City Council members are expected to interview seven candidates for the open council seat during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in council chambers.

The selected resident would replace Glyde Marsh, who died Sept. 11 at age 99 after serving as a council member since 1993.

Council members selected the candidates to be interviewed after a closed-door executive session Oct. 23. The city received 12 applications for the open council seat, said Mayor Sloan Spalding.

Council members could discuss the candidates Monday, Nov. 5, and during their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, said Jennifer Mason, council clerk. They must select a council member by Nov. 11, or Spalding chooses the appointee, per city charter.

According to the charter, council has 60 days from the start of a vacancy to fill the position. Marsh's seat was considered vacated Sept. 12.

"If Council fails to fill a vacancy in Council within sixty days after the occurrence of the vacancy, the Mayor shall appoint a person to serve for the time as provided in this Section," the charter states.

The appointee would have to run for election in November 2019 to finish Marsh's four-year term, Mason said. The term expires Dec. 31, 2021.

The candidates

Candidates to be interviewed are Lawrence Cohen, David Goodman, Kasey Kist, Hans Schell, Kirk Smith, Andrea Wiltrout and Robert Yanok.

Cohen, 50, previously served on the city's Economic Development Commission. He serves as the marching-band announcer for New Albany High School, according to his application. Previous community service includes the Tax Incentive Review Council, the New Albany Symphony Orchestra board and the New Albany Chamber of Commerce board.

Since October 2017, he has reviewed documents to be produced in lawsuits by Fortune 500 companies.

Cohen said in his application that he hopes to bring some of Marsh's ability to look at all sides of an issue and make a decision he believes is best for the city.

For Goodman, 51, community service includes serving as chairman of the Ohio Housing Development Authority, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission and the Ohio Tax Credit Authority, according to his application. He also serves on the TourismOhio advisory board and the Ohio Water Development Authority.

He serves as the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency.

He said in his application that he wants to bring his experience, passion and commitment to service to good use as a councilman.

Kist, 41, is a member of the city's Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Parks and Trails Steering Committee. He previously served on the Rocky Fork Blacklick Accord.

Founder and president of Keystone Building Contractors LLC since 2002, Kist in his application said he wants to be a part of council to help ensure the community continues to be a remarkable place.

Schell, 48, is a member of the city's Planning Commission and the Leisure Trail Master Planning Steering Committee. He's also president of the New Albany Community Events Board.

Schell has worked as a State Farm insurance agent since 1998, according to his application.

He said he's interested in joining the community's great leadership and have an opportunity to contribute to growing the city.

Smith, 49, previously served on the city's Board of Zoning appeals. He's also a member of Charity Newsies, according to his application, and works as senior relationship manager at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

He said in his application he wants to make New Albany a great place to live and raise a family, and he wants to become more involved in his community.

Wiltrout, 37, is president of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals and a member of the Leisure Trail Master Planning Steering Committee and the New Albany Women's Network.

She said in her application she has enjoyed serving the city and wants to seek additional opportunities to serve in other capacities.

Yanok, 49, is a member of the New Albany Community Events Board, the New Albany Kiwanis Club and Food Rescue US, according to his application.

He is a speaker and author with Robberbs International.

In his application, he said he has spent his career and ministry serving local churches, the community and city in which he has lived.

Other applicants, according to Mason, were Zachary Barber, Richard A. Williams, Richard Allen Fisher Sr., Victor Wilson, Tricia Labuda Bhat and Patrick J. Weyers.

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