Cape Coral resident Brian Hamman started with a packed schedule this week as he assumed representation of District 4 on the Lee County Commission.
Hamman, 32, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Tammy Hall, who resigned after being charged with siphoning money from her campaign account for personal expenses.
"I am honored on my appointment by Governor Scott to fill the vacancy on the Board of the Lee County Commission," he said this week in a prepared statement. "When I spoke to the governor, he was very clear that he thought job growth was priority number one for Lee County - and I couldn't agree more. The governor was very positive on the future of Lee County and clearly views Lee County as an economic engine for our region. I look forward to serving the residents of Lee County and working with my fellow commissioners to make Lee County a great place to live, work, retire and raise a family."
A county release states his priorities as bringing jobs to the community, keeping taxes low and protecting "the beautiful environment that draws so many to Lee County."
Hamman is a manager of Market Development for CenturyLink. Previously, he was a financial advisor and journalist for Fox 4 and WINK News in Fort Myers. He is a graduate of Leadership Fort Myers and Leadership Cape Coral. Hamman received his associate's degree from Edison State College and his bachelor's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Hamman is appointed for a term that began Tuesday, Oct. 29, and ends Nov. 25, 2014.
"Brian will serve the families of Lee County with honesty and integrity," Scott said in a prepared statement released by his office. "As a lifelong resident of Lee County, I am confident that he will make a great Commissioner and will help create jobs and opportunities for the families of the area."
Born and raised in Lee County, Hamman is a graduate of Cape Coral High School.
He spent 10 years in broadcast journalism, working his way up from the "camera guy" to a news anchor on the nightly news, a biography released by Lee County states.
In addition, he has worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones.
His community involvement includes service on various non-profit boards including United Way, YMCA Fort Myers, Champions for Learning in Collier County and the Executive Committee of Cape Coral's Council for Progress.
He, his wife Rebecca, and their daughter Kaitlyn are members of Crosspoint Christian Church.
Sources: Office of Gov. Rick Scott; Lee County Government