STOW — Nine residents have applied to serve as City Council’s Ward 2 member for approximately the next six months.

Ward 2 Councilman Jim Costello is serving as interim mayor until a successor is elected in the general election Nov. 6.

Costello’s appointment means Council will have to fill the Ward 2 position for an approximate six-month term. The nine hopefuls who have applied for the half-year stint are Terry L. Dillinger; Douglas H. Dotterer; Michael Gemberling; Sindi M. Harrison; Walter J. Heeney; Douglas Herchick; Kirsten A. Jagger; Tom McKinney; and Charles M. "Chuck" Obendorf.

Council’s Committee-of-the-Whole was scheduled to meet Thursday night (May 17) to go into executive session to interview candidates for the temporary Council position. Council Clerk Bonnie Emahiser said the committee was not expected to make a decision that night. 

Council’s next regular meeting is May 24.

Council has until June 28 to appoint a temporary member, according to Emahiser. If no selection is made by that date, the charter stipulates the mayor makes the selection, said Emahiser.

Costello was selected by his peers last month to serve as interim mayor after Mayor Sara Kline resigned from the job to accept a position as superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation Department. Kline’s last day as mayor was May 13. Costello’s first day as interim mayor was Monday.

Costello previously said he would not run for election to the post in November. After serving as interim mayor, Costello said he will return to his Council seat and complete that term in office.

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