An architect and vice president of one of the nation’s largest engineering and construction firms was appointed Monday as the newest member of the city’s Planning Commission.
La Cañada Flintridge native Rick Gunter will take over the seat left vacant in March after longtime commission member Michael Davitt was elected to the City Council.
Gunter will fill the remainder of Davitt’s term, which was to extend to May 2014, after which he would be eligible for reappointment.
The City Council selected Gunter from a field of nine residents who had applied for the volunteer position.
Following short interviews of candidates at the start of Monday’s meeting, each of the five council members voted their choices by written ballot.
Without any discussion, all five chose Gunter.
Councilwoman Laura Olhasso praised Gunter’s qualifications, saying the council did not discuss his appointment at all prior to its unanimous approval.