The Medford City Council has appointed attorney Tim Jackle to fill a vacant council seat.
Jackle will fill the Ward 1 council position, which Al Densmore resigned from in August. Jackle will complete Densmore's term, which ends in December 2014.
Jackle, who works at the law firm Foster Denman LLP, has served on the Medford Planning Commission for more than nine years and is its chairman.
That experience with city government helped convince a five-member committee to recommend him for the open City Council position. The committee, which was appointed by the council, made its recommendation on Sept. 16.
The committee also considered Philip Iantosca, previous owner of the Honey Baked Ham Store; and Kimberly Gobel, director of marketing of Veranda Park, a retirement living facility.
Jackle told the committee during his interview that the city should begin preparing for renewed growth as the economy begins to rebound. He said now is the time to tackle issues such as determining where the city should grow and how to refine land-use policies.
Jackle, who has lived in Medford since 1998, is a member of the Jackson County Bar Association, Oregon State Bar and the Southern Oregon Estate Planning Council. He has served in a number of volunteer positions in the community, including with the Medford Rotary Club, American Red Cross, Rogue Valley Foundation and Southern Oregon Public Television.