Worthington has a new law director, and he is no stranger to central Ohio municipalities.

Worthington City Council approved the hiring of Tom Lindsey on Sept. 4 to replace the recently retired Pamela Fox.

Lindsey has more than 25 years of experience with local governments and has held positions with the state of Ohio, the cities of Columbus, Upper Arlington and Urbana, Illinois, and Franklin County courts.

City Manager Matt Greeson told council members Lindsey was chosen in an "extensive process" after interviewing a "significant number" of candidates.

"His 25 years of government legal experience certainly makes him qualified to be our legal representative," he said.

Lindsey in an email said it was "an honor and a privilege" to be appointed to the position.

He will earn a salary of $120,000 per year with a benefits package that includes the required 14 percent-of-salary contributions to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and insurance benefits ranging from $11,165 to $25,045, depending on the package he selects.

At the time of her retirement, Fox's salary was $127,417 per year.

Lindsey's first day will be Thursday, Sept. 28.