The seat was left vacant after late-Council Member Glenn Redmon died July 13 from cancer. Redmon was elected to the position in May, and Cunningham will serve the remainder of the two-year term. The city began accepting applications for the position July 30, and the deadline to file for the position was Aug. 12.
Humble Mayor Merle Aaron said it was difficult to make a decision on who to appoint, as the city received 10 applications for the position.
“We had 10 candidates apply, and each and every one of them were very qualified, and each and every one of them could have served and worked well together and they would have brought quality to the city," he said.
Cunningham, who was not able to attend the meeting, will mostly likely be sworn into office at the Sept. 12 meeting following his resignation from the school board, Aaron said.
Cunningham has served on the school board since 2007, and his family has lived in HISD for 23 years, according to the HISD website. He is chair of the audit committee, a member of the building and planning committee, and previously served as board president.
HISD Trustee Robert Sitton, who was at the City Council meeting, said Cunningham is a great addition to the city of Humble and a "great community servant."
“We’ve talked a lot about this, and I knew this was somewhere he wanted to end up, and I knew he’s getting close to retirement and this is a natural next step for him," Sitton said. "Now, we weren’t expecting it to happen this quick, so that’s going to be another thing we talk about as a board as to what we’re going to do next. ... We hate to lose him, but our loss is their gain.”
The next HISD meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10.