Gahanna residents Nick Hogan, Richard Kossler and Tim Pack have been selected as finalists for the at-large council seat that became vacant after the resignation of Andre Porter.

Gahanna residents Nick Hogan, Richard Kossler and Tim Pack have been selected as finalists for the at-large council seat that became vacant after the resignation of Andre Porter.

Gahanna City Council members were scheduled to interview the council candidates April 26 after ThisWeek's press deadline. They selected the three finalists from a field of eight candidates who had submitted resumes and letters of interests by the April 14 deadline.

Porter resigned earlier this month to accept an appointment by Gov. John Kasich to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Hogan previously served as an at-large Gahanna City Council member from 1993 through 2007.

"If you appoint me, I will be able to help and contribute immediately," he wrote in a letter of interest. "My prior experience on council eliminates the learning curve most other candidates would require."

Hogan said his extensive knowledge of city funding, Creekside and other issues would be beneficial to council.

Hogan has 36 years of experience in insurance, marketing and management. He founded his Gahanna-based business, Insurance Advisors, in 1994.

Hogan said he would not seek election in November for the seat.

Peck has been a member of the Gahanna Board of Zoning & Building Appeals for the past 11 years, and he served as president of the Academy Ridge Community Association from 1996 to 2000.

"I would be honored to be considered in filling this vacancy and the remainder of its term," Peck said.

He noted that he regularly reviews the Gahanna City Council minutes.

Peck has worked as an airline pilot since 1985. He's currently a captain for American Airlines Inc.

Kossler said he has no prior experience as a council member but that his willingness to learn is strong and any lack of experience is offset by a drive to excel.

"Serving as a member of the Gahanna City Council will enable me to play a role in our common pursuit of aiding and improving our city," he said. "I would like to help Gahanna draft a plan for future growth and pursue economic development opportunities and strive to help the community set and meet its goals."

Kossler has worked for Columbus' SimplexGrinnell as operations manager for seven offices and 16 field personnel since 2009.He has more than 25 years of experience in the life-safety field, specializing in fire protection, with his role specifically in business management for a corporation.

Council must make its appointment by May 10, according to Isobel Sherwood, council clerk.