Hilliard City Council members will choose a new member, most likely in January, to finish serving Joe Erb's term.

Erb, a Republican whose term expires Dec. 31, 2019, announced Dec. 4 he intends to resign at the end of the year.

"I have loved serving my community but also excited to start the next chapter of our lives," said Erb, 35, who with his wife, Stacie, will move from Hilliard to a residence in German Village where each will be close to their employers in downtown Columbus.

Earlier this year, Erb, a lobbyist, became a partner in the Blasdel Group.

"Our business is growing and there are more demands," Erb said.

Erb, who first was elected in 2011 and re-elected to a second term in 2015, has not yet submitted a letter of resignation with the formal effective date.

The six remaining council members will have 45 days from that date to name a replacement, law director Tracy Bradford said.

A majority vote is required to name a successor.

If City Council fails to do so within 45 days, the council president has 10 days to appoint a successor, Bradford said.