By Rick Palsgrove
Six people have applied to fill the vacant seat on Groveport City Council.
The applicants are: Cheryl Ballou, Chad Grashel, Dan Knode, Marie Kujawski, Jack Rupp, Jr., and Amy Shropshire.
The seat became available when former councilman Marvin Stevens resigned on March 12. Stevens, who was elected to council last November, said he had to resign because he was notified by the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System he would lose his health insurance if he remained on council. He is the second Groveport City Council member who had to resign because of OPERS rules regarding health insurance, the other being Donna Drury who resigned in December 2015.
The six applicants all submitted resumes and letters to the city by the March 30 deadline expressing their interest to fill Stevens’ unexpired term on council, which runs through Dec. 31, 2021.
According to the Groveport City Charter, council has 30 days from the date of Stevens’ resignation to name his replacement. If council does not name a replacement within 30 days, then Mayor Lance Westcamp has the authority to select someone to fill the seat by appointment.
Council will review the applications and hold interviews with the candidates prior to its April 9 meeting. Council hopes to make its selection on Stevens’ replacement following the April 9 interviews.
About the council applicants
•Cheryl Ballou: Ballou is a regional account manager with experience in media for United States Traffic Network. She also has served as volunteer president of the Village of Grovepointe Condo Association for the past 15 years where the work involves planning, directing, resolving legal issues, and implementing policies. She majored in accounting at Cleveland State University.
•Chad Grashel: Grashel is a service quality specialist with NetJets, Inc. He served as a Groveport Recreation Center Basketball Kids’ Camp volunteer and worked with the Rock City Church Campus Support Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Ohio University.
•Dan Knode: Knode is general manager of operations with American Limo. He previously served eight years on Groveport City Council where he was chairman of the finance, administration, and police and public safety committees and helped in the creation of the city’s recreation and aquatic centers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University.
•Marie Kujawski: Kujawski is an independent child care professional nanny and teacher whose skills also include first aid, CPR, and nursing assistance for geriatrics. She attends St. Mary Catholic Church and TurnPoint Apostolic churches in Groveport. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of Rhode Island.
•Jack Rupp, Jr.: Rupp is an assistant fire chief for Plain Township. He served on the city’s water committee, City Charter Committee, and is currently chair of the city’s Personnel Board of Review. He is the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Board of Directors’ South Central Service Director and is chairman of the Safety, Health, and Wellness Committee for the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.
•Amy Shropshire: Shropshire is founder and principal of CASK Communications, a marketing consultancy. She is skilled in managing both national and local marketing campaigns. She was the coordinator of Citizenship Washington Focus for the National 4-H Council. She is the marketing director for the non-profit organization Drupal4Gov. She earned a master’s degree in marketing from Regent’s University in London, England, and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications from Webster University in St. Louis.