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Nancy Ferguson, Mayor
Term ends 12/31/15
Nancy and her husband, Gerald P. Ferguson, have lived in New Albany since 1996. They have one son, James, who resides in Austin, Texas.
Nancy received a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree from Xavier (Magna Cum Laude), and a J.D. from Capital University. She worked full time as a Magistrate for the Franklin County Municipal Court for 12 years. Since that time, she has worked on a part-time basis, filling in for other Magistrates, in courts such as the Delaware Municipal Court and the Bexley, Gahanna and Whitehall Mayor’s Courts. Nancy was a founder of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, served as President of Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and developed the Ohio Judicial College’s first continuing legal education courses for Magistrates.
Nancy was appointed to Council in 1998, and was elected a Council Member in 1999 and 2001. During that time, she served as a liaison to the Architectural Review Board and as Council’s representative to the Planning Commission. She also served as a Board member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
In 2003 she was elected Mayor when she received 59% of total votes in a three-way race. In 2007 and 2011, she was re-elected after running un-opposed. During her time as Mayor, Nancy spearheaded the City’s efforts to hire its first Economic Development Director, helped form New Albany’s first Economic Development Commission and helped develop its first Economic Development Strategic Plan. She was actively involved in the creation of a number of new public facilities in New Albany including the McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the New Albany Police Facility, the New Albany Service Facility and the Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. She helped lead New Albany’s efforts to create the Rocky Fork Headwaters Metro Park, to acquire Resch Park and to restore the Phelps House. Mayor Ferguson also helped form the Smart Growth Coalition to help manage future residential growth in New Albany, and served on the Community Taskforce which studied new approaches for school funding.
Mayor Ferguson is an active member of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society and serves as Curator of the Society’s house museum, the Ealy House.
Mayor Ferguson presides in New Albany Mayor’s Court on Wednesday afternoons and serves on the New Albany Community Improvement Corporation. She is also an ex officio member of the New Albany Community Foundation.
Nancy is grateful for the opportunity to live and work in a master planned community like New Albany. She is proud of our community’s efforts to balance residential and commercial growth and to build a tax base which will serve New Albany well, in future generations.
Term ends 12/31/17
Colleen and her husband Bob Berry moved to New Albany in 1992. They have two children, Connor and K.C., who graduated from New Albany High School.
Colleen was raised in central Ohio and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. Following law school she served as a prosecuting attorney, a magistrate, and is now a partner in Briscoe & Webber Co. LPA. She has been practicing for more than 25 years in Franklin, Delaware and Muskingum counties.
Colleen has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Governors, the Judicial Screening Committee and the Committee on Racial Profiling of the Columbus Bar Association and Ohio Supreme Court Gender Bias Task Force. She has been recognized by Syntaxis Youth Homes for her pro bono work. She also represented Franklin County on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and is a board member of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. In addition to volunteer work at various events in the community, Colleen has served on the Founder’s Day Committee and the Community Foundation Board.
Colleen was elected to serve two terms as Mayor of New Albany from 1996-2003. Since that time she was appointed and then elected to as a member of City Council, where she is still a member today. While on Council, she has been liaison to the Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission, and the Community Improvement Commission.
Since 1996, Colleen has been supportive of and extensively involved in economic development in the city. Colleen has always been a proponent of leisure trails to connect the entire city and has worked to achieve this goal. She particularly appreciates the sense of spirit and cooperation alive in the city today which results in residents, business leaders and government entities working together with the common goal of improving the community.
Term ends 12/31/17
Chip has been a New Albany resident since 2001 and he has two children. He was appointed to City Council in 2006 and was first elected to City Council in 2007. He currently serves as Council liaison to the New Albany Plain Local School District. Prior to his tenure on council, he also served on the New Albany Community Events Board and the Architectural Review Board.
Chip grew up in Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. He is currently employed in the healthcare field. Chip’s primary focus for New Albany is to continue the robust economic development in the business campus and work towards bringing new businesses and related amenities to the Village Center. Moreover, Chip is focused on maintaining fiscal responsibility, providing quality and responsive public service, maintaining safe neighborhoods with open green space and parks, as well as providing open and responsive communications with city residents.
Dr. Glyde Marsh, President Pro Tempore
Term ends 12/31/17
Dr. Marsh has been a New Albany resident since 1946 and has long been involved in giving back to the community in one way or another. Prior to serving on City Council, he also served on the New Albany Plain Local School Board.
Dr. Marsh is a retired Professor of Veterinary Science at The Ohio State University. He specialized in poultry medicine and continues to serve as a consultant to poultry producers throughout Ohio.
Dr. Marsh was first elected to City Council in 1993, taking office in 1994. He remains active in financial matters for the city, serving as the Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also Council liaison to the Board of Construction Appeals and is Council Representative to Plain Township.
Dr. Marsh views New Albany as the best place to live in central Ohio. The area is attractive with lots of amenities, and the city provides excellent police, maintenance and other services. New Albany has the qualities of a small town with friendly residents, and Dr. Marsh’s vision is to maintain this character.
Term ends 12/31/15
Mike served on council for 18 years, from 1991-2009, before being appointed by Mayor Ferguson in 2014. Mike was on council through the greatest growth period in New Albany’s history and was a valuable contributor to many collaborative projects during his tenure.
Stephen Pleasnick Term ends 12/31/15
Steve and his wife Robin have been New Albany residents since 1991. He and his wife Robin have a son, three daughters, five grand-daughters and one grand-son. Steve retired as the Superintendent of the Franklin County M.R/D.D. Board, and he is currently President of Georgetown Midwest & Pacific Consulting. He holds a B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Education, and M.A. in Educational Development, and he has served as the President of the American Association for Mental Retardation, Professional Association on Retardation, and Ohio Superintendents of County M.R./D.D.
Appointed to Council in 1997, Steve was elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 and 2007 and 2011. He currently serves as Council liaison to the Parks Advisory Board and was instrumental in forming the Joint Park District. Prior to his appoinment on Council, Steve served on the New Albany Planning Commission and the New Albany Board of Zoning Appeals.
Steve’s vision for New Albany includes a continued emphasis on completing the parks and trails loops and supporting economic developmetn efforts that increase the business tax base withing the community, thereby offsetting the tax burden for city residents.
Term ends 12/31/17
Sloan and his wife Jennifer have been New Albany residents for over a decade and are the proud parents of three young boys. The Spalding family is very active in New Albany youth sporting leagues, charity walks and runs, community events, the New Albany Symphony and Pelotonia.
Prior to being elected to Council, Sloan served the City of New Albany on our Personnel Appeals Board, Planning Committee, and was the Chair of the 2009 Charter Review Commission.
Sloan received a degree in political science, with a minor in military science, from the University of Utah. During his college years, Sloan also served as a member of the Utah Army National Guard and upon graduation was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army. Sloan moved back to Ohio in 1994 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School.
Sloan currently serves as Section Chief for Employment Law for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Prior professional appointments have included General Counsel and Deputy Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents, Chief Legal Counsel to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Labor Relations Director for The Ohio State University.
Sloan is committed to maximizing our City’s economic development opportunities, maintaining our proud history of strong fiscal management, and providing our citizens with top-notch municipal services without having to increase income taxes.