Hilliard City Council is expected to appoint a new member March 18 from among seven qualified candidates who submitted letters of interest and resumes.

The appointee will complete the unexpired term of former council President Albert Iosue, who resigned resigned from City Council on Feb. 10.

Iosue was in the final year of the term.

Eight people filed letters of interest and resumes to replace him. One was ineligible because the applicant resides in Columbus, council clerk Lynne Fasone said.

The application deadline was Feb. 25.

Council members will interview the candidates during a committee-of-the-whole meeting before the regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, council President Kelly McGivern said.

The seven candidates are:

• Robert J. Apel

• Melinda Dennis

• Brian English

• Theodore Owens

• Tamim Parsa

• Greg St. Clair

• Omar Tarazi

Tarazi has been certified by the Franklin County Board of Elections to run in the May 7 Republican primary.

Three other Republicans, incumbent Pete Marsh, Iosue and Bob Stepp also have been certified. The top three will advance to face three unopposed Democrats – Tina Cottone, Deryck Richardson and Cynthia Vermillion – in the general election in November.

On Feb. 25, council members named Marsh as the vice president to replace McGivern, who became president after Iosue’s resignation.

Council members also approved Mayor Don Schonhardt’s appointment of law firm Frost Brown Todd to serve as the city’s legal counsel for the final 10 months of the year.

Law director Tracy Bradford resigned effective Feb. 1, after which Schonhardt named staff attorney Kelly Clodfelder as acting city attorney through Feb. 28.

Rather than name another individual as law director in his final year as mayor, Schonhardt recommended hiring Frost Brown Todd.

The city will pay the law firm a flat fee of $12,500 per month, or $125,000 for the 10-month term of the contract, from March 1 to Dec. 31.

Beginning Jan. 1, upon a charter change voters approved in November, the city will transition from a strong-mayor form of government to that of a city manager who will oversee day-to-day operations.

The city will hire a firm to assist in the search for a city manager and that firm will be “identified quickly,” council member Andy Teater said Feb. 25.

While the city is no longer represented by an individual, Schonhardt said, attorney Phil Hartmann of Frost Brown Todd would be present at council meetings for the remainder of the year.

“Frost Brown Todd had the experience (in municipal law) that we were looking for,” Schonhardt said.

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