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[caption width="250" caption=" Chris Masciola, at left, is sworn in by Orange Township Fiscal Officer Joel Spitzer, right, with Township Counsel Michael McCarthy, present. Masciola was appointed by Trustees Rob Quigley and Nelson Katz. He replaces Jennifer Christian. (Submitted) "][/caption]

MELISSA MACKEY

Staff Writer

An Orange Township park board member was selected Tuesday evening to finish a township trustee term that expires in 2013.

Christopher Masciola of Lewis Center was selected from a field of 12 applicants, including Katy Barricklow, Jeremy Brisson, David Eby, Scott Galloway, Marilyn Hoff, Richard Meyer, Lynda Petty, Bob Ruhlman, Deborah Taranto, Michael Wiens and Kenneth Yarnell.

A 13th applicant, Victoria Jordan, withdrew her application from consideration after her interview with trustees Robert Quigley and Nelson Katz.

Masciola was one of six applicants who submitted applications closer to Friday’s deadline. He and five others, Barricklow, Meyer, Ruhlman, Wiens and Yarnell were interviewed by trustees in executive session Tuesday night.

Township administrator Gail Messmer said that trustees picked Masciola for his experience, as well as his enthusiasm and ability to work as part of the leadership team.

The trustees also heavily considered Galloway, an Olentangy School Board member and Eby, a former Orange Township trustee, Messmer said.

Masciola takes the vacated seat of Jennifer Christian, who resigned effective Monday to take a job out of state. A former township park board member, Christian was appointed to the seat in July 2010 to replace former trustee John Cassady who also stepped down for a private sector job opportunity.

Masciola will serve as trustee until Dec. 31 and must run in the Nov. 8 general election in order to complete the final two years of Cassady’s term. That filing deadline is 4 p.m. Today. Ohio elections law only allows trustees to appoint someone until the November election since Christian is giving up the seat less than halfway through the four-year term.

Masciola is the executive director of the Ohio Gastroenterology Group, Inc. He was formerly a practice manager for the Professionals for Women’s Health, a financial analyst with Net Jets and a supervisor with America West Airlines. He holds a bachelor’s of science in aviation management from the Ohio State University and a master’s of business administration from OSU’s Fisher College of Business.

The part-time position, in one of Delaware County’s most affluent, fast-growing areas with a population of about 22,000, pays $20,568 a year. The township contains a large amount of the county’s high-density housing and commercial development and has an operating budget of about $14 million.

Key upcoming projects in the township revolve around expansions of the township’s park system and infrastructure, including extensions of the existing walking and biking trails, a planned pedestrian bridge over U.S. 23 near the new Orange Township library branch and a possible retooling of the intersection of U.S. 23 and Orange Road.

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