The seat on Pickerington City Council vacated by Brandon Ogden has been filled for the remaining four months of the term that will expire Dec. 31.

Ogden resigned effective June 30, and his seat had remained vacant since then. City Council's rules committee conducted 17 interviews of candidates interested in fulfilling Ogden's unexpired term.

Former Pickerington City Councilwoman Tricia Sanders, who was elected in 2007 and served a four-year term, was appointed by a 5-0 vote during council's Aug. 15 meeting.

Sanders already had filed a petition to run for a council seat in the Nov. 7 general election for a full four-year term.

According to the Fairfield County Board of Elections, four people filed petitions to run for four council seats. Thomas Romine and incumbents Tony Barletta and Jeff Fix also filed petitions to run for council.

Members of council's rules committee previously had approved a draft resolution to approve M. Anthony Anderson to fill the vacant seat at a special meeting July 26. Anderson was chosen unanimously from the field of 17 candidates.

City Council then approved the selection of Anderson by a 4-1 vote Aug. 1. Councilman Jeff Fix dissented, and Councilman Jerry Dailey abstained from voting on Anderson's appointment.

At its Aug. 15 meeting, City Council met behind closed doors after Anderson informed rules-committee chairwoman Melissa Wilde he could not accept the position because a new employment offer precluded him from serving out the four-month term. Sanders then was appointed by a 5-0 council vote to serve the remainder of Ogden's term.

Mayor Lee Gray praised the choice.

"Tricia has been in the community for awhile," Gray said. "She's been a teacher in the Pickerington Local School District. She served honorably on council for four years. She did not run for re-election.

"She's going to be a great addition to our council," Gray said.

He said Sanders has already been sworn in and will be ready to tackle the looming budget approval process with the rest of the seven-member council.

Councilman Mike Sabatino said it made sense to amend legislation to approve Sanders, however, he said the seat could have easily been left vacant until after the election.

"I fully expect her to be at the next council meeting," he said.

Sanders did not respond to a request for comment.

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