By MAX FILBY
Jeff Wobser will be joining Findlay City Council a month early.
Wobser was appointed Monday to fill a vacant at-large seat on council for the rest of this year.
In January, he will begin serving a two-year term in the same seat. Wobser was elected to that term on Nov. 3.
The Hancock County Republican Central Committee on Monday appointed Wobser to the at-large council seat vacated in November by Anne Spence. He will be sworn in before today’s regular council meeting.
The Central Committee could not start the appointment process until five business days after Spence left the seat.
Wobser joins council with only two meetings and a budget hearing remaining this year.
He was elected to council Nov. 3 in a four-way race for three at-large council seats. Wobser was victorious along with Republican incumbents Tom Shindledecker and Grant Russel.
Wobser said starting before the end of the year will be a “kick start” to his two-year term on council.
Wobser, 53, was born and raised in Findlay. He lives at 415 Westchester Drive with his wife, Jane.
He has worked at Marathon Petroleum Corp. for 27 years. In 2013, he stepped down as the Findlay High School boys and girls head swimming coach after 11 seasons.
He has served on the Red Cross board, the Findlay Area Swim Team board, and the City of Findlay Equalization Board.
Wobser’s family has a history of public service in Findlay. His father, David, served as safety-service director and as a councilman, and his stepmother, Janet, served as city auditor.
The central committee moved to appoint Wobser to the council seat after Spence resigned to accept a job with the state auditor’s office.
Spence will become the northwestern Ohio liaison to State Auditor Dave Yost’s office. She will be the liaison to 15 Ohio counties, which will eventually include Hancock County.