City Council appoints Hammill to Ward 3
Posted: December 19, 2014 9:31:33 AM PST
Bellingham City Council 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,” Hammill said. “I look forward to working with Mayor Linville, City Council members and City staff in serving the citizens of Bellingham.”