Charlotte City Council appointed Dan Christian Wednesday, Dec. 26 to fill the council seat vacated by the Dec. 7 resignation of Brad Johnston. Christian will serve the remainder of Johnston’s District 2 term, which is up for election in November of 2019.

Mayor Tim Lewis said councilmembers felt Christian, the director of the Charlotte Aquatic Center will be a great fit on council.

“I think the council’s really working well right now as a group,” Lewis said. “Dan adds another dimension.”

Christian has worked at Charlotte Public Schools since 2013 when he moved to the community to serve as director of the Aquatic Center. He is currently a member of the Charlotte Area Recreation Cooperative, and has been active in Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity (Can Do!).

The timing of Johnston’s resignation left the council with just one meeting to appoint a replacement or risk violating the city’s charter. Mayor Lewis said a few applicants expressed interest in the position, though Christian was the only one to go through with a presentation to city council on Dec. 26.

“In looking over his qualifications, I felt he did an excellent job in his presentation,” Lewis said. 

In his application letter, Christian stated he is encouraged by all of the positive momentum in the community.

“This is an exciting time to be a community member in the City of Charlotte, and I would like to work to continue the positive change that is taking place,” Christian stated. “Service to others is something I look forward to daily, and given the opportunity as a councilman, I would proudly serve the City of Charlotte. Charlotte is flourishing, and I would like to do my part to contribute to continued prosperity.”