The Bellingham City Council appointed Daniel Hammill to the vacant third-ward council seat on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
He replaces Cathy Lehman, who announced in August that she would resign at the end of this year to take a voter education and outreach job in Seattle with the Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters. She resigned on Dec. 15.
Hammill has lived in Bellingham for 25 years. He has served as a chair for the City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board and as a trustee for the Kulshan Community Land Trust. He currently owns a business called Make it Rain Media and Events, which raises money and produces video for nonprofit events.
Hammill was also the program director for the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County for nine years and co-founder of Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect and House 2 Home Network.
The council voted unanimously for Hammill.
“For me with Dan it’s been his involvement in a wide range of things over a long period of time in the city,” said council member Terry Bornemann.
Hammill said he plans to seek public election for the position in 2015.