City Council appoints Hammill to Ward 3

New councilmember to fill out Lehman’s term

December 19, 2014 - by Marie Marchand

​B​​ellingham City Council has
appointed Daniel Hammill to the interim Ward 3 council position on Wednesday
December 17. Hammill will complete the term for Cathy Lehman, who resigned
on Monday December 15. Hammill will serve for 2015 and his seat is up for
re-election in the fall.  

“We are very excited to have Dan on board,” Council President Terry
Bornemann said.  “We feel that he is very well qualified to step in and
start the work of representing Ward 3.”   

Hammill has lived in Bellingham for 25 years and been engaged in
community and public service for much of that time.  He and his wife are
proud Kulshan Community Land Trust homeowners in the Sunnyland
Neighborhood.  He is a graduate of Whatcom Community College and Western
Washington University where he received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. 
His community involvement includes time as President of the York
Neighborhood Association.   

Since 2010, Hammill has served on the City of Bellingham's Community
Development Advisory Board, acting as Chair for the last two years.  This
year, he and his CDAB colleagues worked with Mayor Kelli Linville to ensure
that adequate funding levels for human and social services were included in
the biennial budget so that our City's most vulnerable citizens have access
to basic human services.  

“I’ve enjoyed working with him as chair of CDAB. He brings much community
leadership and experience with him to council,” Mayor Linville said. “We
have many challenges in the coming year. I will appreciate his perspective
and voice.”  

In 2012, he served as the campaign manager for the Bellingham Home Fund
and led the effort to provide affordable housing for our most vulnerable
citizens.  This $21 million housing levy was approved by 57 percent of
Bellingham voters.   

Hammill worked for nine years as a Program Director for the Volunteer
Center of Whatcom County, recruiting and matching thousands of volunteers
with opportunities to serve our community's nonprofit sector.  In this role,
he co-founded Project Homeless Connect, an annual event that serves
thousands of people with necessary services.  His other volunteer experience
includes time as a literacy tutor and Board Trustee of Kulshan Community
Land Trust.   

“I am grateful to be appointed to represent Ward 3,” Daniel Hammill
said.  “I look forward to working with Mayor Linville, City Council members
and City staff in serving the citizens of Bellingham.”

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