A new council member has been appointed to fulfill the remainder of Diane Fosselman's term on Westerville City Council.

John Bokros, a former council member, has been appointed to fulfill the term ending Nov. 30.

He previously served on council from 2015-17. Bokros was appointed to a council seat in 2015 and ran his first campaign in 2017.

He and fellow council member Larry Jenkins were unsuccessful in that election as voters elected newcomers Alex Heckman and Valerie Cumming.

Christa Dickey, spokesperson for the city, said Bokros is not seeking election in November.

Incumbent councilman Craig Treneff is seeking election this fall, along with challengers Diana Conley, Doug Rankin, Aileen Wagner and Kenneth L. Wright. Incumbent Tim Davey is not running.

Dickey said Bokros retired in 2012 from the city's fire department, where he worked for 38 years as chief fire marshal, firefighter, fire inspector and battalion chief.

Fosselman, who is moving out of Westerville, resigned from the planning commission effective June 27 and from council effective July 5, according to Mike Heyeck, council chairman. She had served for 20 years.

Heyeck said four residents applied to finish Fosselman's term and all the applicants were impressive. Council made the appointment at an Aug. 13 meeting.

"We were impressed with the professionalism and qualifications of these candidates and welcome their continued service in the community," he said.

"John has remained active and engaged in the work of the city, and his experience will help manifest a seamless transition," he said.

Dickey said Bokros would be sworn in at council's next regular meeting Sept. 3.

He and his wife, Linda, have lived in Westerville for 36 years and have three grown children, according to the city's website, westerville.org.

Bokros was contacted for comment, but a response was not received by press time.

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