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City Council welcomes newest member

John Hamblin appointed to vacant City Council seat

Five council members took their oaths of office at the meeting on Monday, Jan. 5, including Mayor Bill King and the newest Sandy City Councilman John Hamblin.

Before the public meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, the City Council convened a workshop meeting to interview three final candidates for the vacant council seat. Once he was chosen, Hamblin got to participate in the night’s regular meeting.

“It was a good learning opportunity,” Hamblin said, “getting the lay of the land and trying to figure out if I had to hit a button for my microphone to work.”Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - John Hamblin takes his oath of office as he joins the Sandy City Council.

Hamblin takes the seat hold by former Councilor Brian Adams, who resigned from the council last fall.

Hamblin said he and his wife moved to Sandy almost exactly two years ago. Before that, they lived temporarily in Gresham after moving north from Eugene.

Growing up in a small town in Southern Oregon, Hamblin said he has always loved Sandy, not only for its atmosphere and small town feel, but also for its great quality of life.

Both active in the annual Hood to Coast race, Hamblin and his wife had frequently passed through Sandy on their way down the mountain.

“I always thought, ‘If I ever get the opportunity to live there, it’d be a great place to live,’” Hamblin said.

Since moving to Sandy, Hamblin has been active in the city’s budget review committee.

“I’ve always wanted to be involved in public service,” he said.

But his opportunities in Eugene were significantly more limited.

When he saw the posting for a new councilor, Hamblin decided to throw his name in the hat.

Before the meeting on Monday night, Hamblin, who serves as director of enrollment management at Mt. Hood Community College, prepared by reading the agenda for the night, something he acknowledges as a requirement for his new job.

Hamblin considers himself a pretty informed citizen and said he's already pretty much up to speed on upcoming council topics, such as possible ownership of the Olin Bignall Aquatic Center and zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

“As a council we’ve really got some important topics on our plate this year,” he said. “We’ve got some big work ahead of us and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

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