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City Commission Fills Vacant Ward 1 Seat

The Walker City Commission has completed the public interview process for the vacant First Ward City Commissioner seat. Wednesday night, the City Commission unanimously appointed Thom Burke to fill the open role created by the resignation of former Commissioner Marv Raap.
 
Thom served a 31-year career in the United States Navy as a Pilot and Ship Captain. During his time in the Navy, Thom served as the Commanding Officer of the USS Ronald Reagan (aircraft carrier) and the USS Blue Ridge. Amongst many other military leadership roles, Thom also served as the Executive Officer of the USS George H.W. Bush. He currently works in the defense sector doing government relations and business development. Thom and his family live in the Greenridge area of Walker's First Ward.
 
Thom received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
 
Thom will officially be appointed and sworn in 7pm Monday, June 28, at the City Commission meeting, in the City Commission Chambers.