The City of Marysville is poised to choose a new council member to replace Tracy Richardson.
Council will hold a work session Monday, to interview the eight ward one residents who applied for the position. Richardson vacated the seat after she was elected in November to represent Ohio’s 86th District in the house.
Marysville Mayor J.R. Rausch said the interviews on Monday will take place during executive session, with each interview taking about 20 minutes. Once those are done, council will come out of executive session and either decide, or come back during its regular meeting the following Monday if there’s more than one standout.
“We’ve got 30 days,” Rausch said. “So there’s no urgency.”
Officials said the choice to conduct interviews in executive session will help ensure candidates can’t see other applicants’ interviews.
Rausch said he’s excited to start the interviews.
“This may be one of the toughest decisions we as council have had to make,” Rausch said. “Any one of them could stand on their own.”
Those eight applicants represent a wide array of backgrounds.
-Lesley Bimonte, of Gallop Lane, has been an analyst for Optum since 2018. She’s also been a manager for Linear IT Solutions since 2016.
She’s also involved in her community as Cub Scout pack 634 treasurer and through her church, Our Lady of Lourdes.
She holds a degree in physics from the University of Dayton, and is getting a Master’s degree in quality management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
-Joshua R. Bochkor, of Creekview Drive, is an officer in the Ohio Army National Guard.
From 2016 to 2017, he was a lead project manager, training a multi-national peacekeeping organization in Kosovo.
He has been the coordinator for the Ohio Army National Guard’s Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention program since 2017.
-Scott M. Brock, of Arabian Circle, is the current CIO of the Ohio Development Services Agency, a title he’s held since 2012. From 2016 to 2017, he was also the CIO for the Ohio Department of Commerce.
He has also been a member of the State of Ohio Tech Board since 2015.
He served as the City of Marysville’s director of information technology from 2010 to 2012.
-Aaron Carpenter, of Triple Crown Way, is starting this year at Honda R&D of America as an underbody design engineer. He’s also starting this month with the Ohio Young Republicans as its communications director.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
-Jason M. Osborn, of Stable Street, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in public law and government from Eastern Michigan University in 2001. Currently, he’s an associate at Meijer, but previously held associate positions at Kohl’s and was a deputy sheriff in Franklin County from 2002 to 2016.
-Mary Lou Ranney, of Kentucky Circle, practices law out of M.L. Ranney Law in Utica. Previously, she practiced out of the Law Office of Alan P. Gustafson, in Utica.
She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in industrial systems engineering, and graduated from the Moritz College of Law in 2014.
She’s a member of the City of Marysville Board of Zoning Appeals.
-Anthony C. Will, of Curry Lane, is chair of the Union County Public Defender Commission, and a member of the Union County Veterans Services Commission.
He is the 2019 Vice President of the Union County Bar Association.
He practices law at Schulze, Cox and Will Law Offices. He’s practiced there since 2013.
He graduate from The Ohio State University with a degree in pre-law in 2004, served in the marines from 2004 to 2008, then received his law degree from Capital University in 2012.
-Scott Zwiezinski, of Clydesdale Way, is the current Court Services Coordinator and counselor at West Central Correctional Facility, a job he’s had since 2015.
He’s served as a member of the Mental Health and Recovery Board since 2014, and has served as chair since 2016. He’s also been on the Board of Zoning Appeals since 2012, serving as chair from 2014 to 2015.
He graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in political science in 1999 and he’s working on a Master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Tiffin University.
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