The Oro Valley Town Council has a new member.
The council voted unanimously to appoint Patricia M. Spoerl to the seat vacated by Paula Abbott in November.
"I was really relieved that the vote was unanimous," Spoerl said.
She will be sworn in to office at the next regular session on Jan. 6. She will serve the remainder of Abbott's term, which expires June 2, 2010. The position will later go to the winner of a council election that begins with a primary election on March 9, 2010.
"I want to make objective choices and contribute to the good decisions the council will make," Spoerl said in a release. "This is an interesting, but challenging time. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Council and look forward to the new experiences it will involve."
The council chose Spoerl from a field of eight applicants, which included Helen Dankwerth, Don Cox, Winston Tustison, Daniel R. Huff, Robert Becker, John Musolf and Francis LeSala.
Each applicant turned in a letter of intent to serve on the council. The council did not interview the applicants, but candidates were discussed in a closed session before the meeting Dec. 2.
"I think I could help be a positive influence and help improve working relationships (on the council)," Spoerl said.
Spoerl recently served on the town's Historic Preservation Commission. She also has served on the General Plan Steering Committee and the Steam Pump Ranch Master Plan Task Force. In 2005, she helped found the Oro Valley Historical Society.
Spoerl, a retired anthropologist, moved to Oro Valley in 1987.
Spoerl said she has no plans to run for council in the 2010 election.