Garden City Mayor John Evans has named William Mitchell, a member of the Garden City Planning and Zoning Commission to replace council member Michael Moser.
Moser had announced that he and his wife would be moving out of Garden City. The resident of 16 years spent six of those years on the council.
Mitchell will complete Moser's term, which expires in December 2015. Mitchell will be confirmed at a special city council meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Garden City Council Chambers at Garden City Hall, 6015 Glenwood St. in Garden City.
"Mike Moser has been a tremendous public servant of Garden City, his contributions will have a lasting and positive impact on our community, Evans said.
As to Mitchell, Evans said, I believe Bill Mitchell has a true dedication to public service, and will contribute an important perspective that will help the council represent all of Garden City.
Mitchell, 41, is a native of Bellingham, Washington, a 1995 graduate of Boston College and a 2003 graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law. Mitchell has practiced law since 2004, and has a solo practice in Garden City. He moved to Garden City in 2011 following a career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
As a Marine officer, Mitchell served in public affairs. His assignments included peacetime and wartime duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, First Marine Expeditionary Force, First Marine Division, and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In Afghanistan, Mitchell was the lead spokesperson for NATOs International Security Assistance Force there.
He is a former federal employee with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he served under V.A. Assistant Secretary L. Tammy Duckworth who is now the U.S. Representative from Illinois 8th Congressional District.