Federal Heights council appoints new member

Posted 9/8/14

John Hamlin is the newest member of the Federal Heights city council. He was sworn in on Sept. 2 after unanimously appointed by his fellow councilors.

Hamlin will be serving out the remainder of Tanya Ishikawa's term, who moved out of the city, …

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Federal Heights council appoints new member

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John Hamlin is the newest member of the Federal Heights city council. He was sworn in on Sept. 2 after unanimously appointed by his fellow councilors.

Hamlin will be serving out the remainder of Tanya Ishikawa's term, who moved out of the city, representing Ward 1.

“We appreciate young people like John stepping forward to serve their city,” said Mayor Joyce Thomas. “It's a privilege to have John sitting here.”

Hamlin moved to Federal Heights in late 2009 after working on Wall Street for a large financial institution handling government retirement plans. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and is currently working on earning an MBA.

Hamlin, who is married to Lisa, is also a new dad to three-month old Emily. He said the move to Federal Heights was an effort to live in a small town but also have easy access to the big city.

“In Federal Heights you have that local feel, but you also have everything in the big city close by,” Hamlin said. “I really love the community feel and everything the city does for the community.”

About six months ago Hamlin began his involvement with local politics by attending city council meetings and addressing the city council during those meetings. He said the interaction with the council prompted him to apply for the Ward 1 position. Teamwork was also appealing to Hamlin. He said when the council works together with each other, staff, law enforcement and fire, a lot can get accomplished.

But it was the newest member of his family that really pushed him to apply.

“My final decision came down to the fact that I want to be a good role model for my daughter,” Hamlin said. “I also want to get the younger folks and the kids in the community involved.”

Hamlin is also hoping to grow the business community in Federal Heights and focus on education in the city as a councilman. He said he's excited to role his sleeves up and get into the “nitty-gritty.”

“I'm excited to express my ideas to the council and work to get the community more involved in our government,” he said.

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