By Rick Palsgrove
The search for a new Groveport City Council member has begun.
According to Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon, council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on June 21 in the municipal building, 655 Blacklick St., to interview a specific candidate council has in mind to replace Councilman Chad Grashel, who resigned effective June 14. The name of the candidate to be interviewed has not yet been released.
Shannon said council members indicated they hope to take action on June 21 to select and approve the new council member so that person can be sworn in and seated at council’s committee of the whole meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 21.
Grashel resigned because he is moving out of Groveport to New Albany. He was first appointed to council in April 2018 when he filled a seat that became available when former councilman Marvin Stevens resigned in March 2018.
Grashel’s replacement will fill his unexpired term on council, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
According to the Groveport City Charter, Groveport City Council has 30 days from the date of Grashel’s resignation to name his replacement. If council has not named a replacement within 30 days, then Mayor Lance Westcamp has the authority to select someone to fill the seat by appointment.