The vacancy on Grandview Heights City Council likely will be filled in early February -- and council members now will choose from 10 candidates, not nine.
"We're on target with the timeline we've set, which is to name someone to fill the seat at our first meeting in February (Feb. 3)," said council President Emily Keeler.
Ten people have applied to fill the remaining two years of the seat previously held by Greta Kearns. Kearns was elected as mayor in November and left council after taking office as mayor Jan. 1.
A 10th applicant, Mike Belden, was accepted after the Dec. 30 deadline, Keeler said.
A typo in an announcement soliciting applications from residents listed Dec. 31 as the deadline, she said. Belden submitted his letter of interest Dec. 31 and council agreed to include him in the roster of candidates.
Belden is a former legislative aide at the Ohio House of Representatives and works as a Medicaid professional for BerryDunn.
The other applicants are:
-Cody Blair, director of marketing for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
-Jackie L. Collins II, owner/attorney at Collins Law Office.
-Ethan Frank-Collins, director, HR Business Partner - South Market at OhioHealth.
-Edward Hastie, the managing partner at Hastie Law Offices. He served two terms on City Council from 2007-15.
-Laura Koprowski, executive director of the Ohio Public Transit Association.
-Lincoln Lobley, an account sales executive with CDK/ADP Dealer Services in Columbus.
-Frances Rourke, Ohio transportation manager for OHM Advisors. She has served since October 2013 on the Grandview Planning Commission and also serves on the city's traffic advisory group.
-Daniel Skinner, associate professor of health policy, department of social medicine at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dublin. He serves on the city's board of health.
-Brian V. Will, staff training and development coordinator at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Council members are reviewing the applications and have yet to determine whether to interview some or all of the candidates, Keeler said.