Outgoing Columbus Mayor Jim Wetherington has selected local businessman John Shinkle to lead the city's Charter Review Commission, the mayor confirmed this morning.
Wetherington met with Mayor-elect Teresa Tomlinson on Friday where the two discussed the 25-person commission, which is convened every 10 years to review the bylaws by which the consolidated government operates.
The mayor gets 15 picks and council selects the remaining 10 spots. Wetherington and Tomlinson have agreed to split the remaining 14 picks.
The commission will begin work early next month.
"John will do a great job as chairman of this important commission," Wetherington said. "He has a keen interest in the government and how it operates."
Shinkle is branch manager for the Columbus office of the financial management firm Stifel Nicolaus. He has served on the boards of the Columbus Sports Council and the city's Convention & Visitor's Bureau.
"I have served with John on a couple of boards, but I haven't talked to him about this," Tomlinson said. "I am aware of his ability to run meetings and keep order. "
Wetherington and Tomlinson said they expect to release the remainder of their picks later in the week.
The commission can be appointed after Jan. 1. Wetherington does not leave office until Jan. 3. The only other time the commission has been called with outgoing and incoming mayors was 1990. Mayor James Jernigan and incoming Mayor Frank Martin split the picks.