Out of four applicants, Humble City Council unanimously voted at a Feb. 25 City Council meeting to appoint Bruce Davidson to fill the vacant Place 3 seat, which was left vacant when former Council Member Norman Funderburk resigned in mid-January to run for mayor in the May 1 election.

Davidson, a certified public accountant who has been a resident of the Humble area for about 24 years, took his oath of office at the meeting.

Davidson first ran for the Place 4 City Council seat in last year's Nov. 3 election. Davidson ultimately lost the race against Council Member Paula Settle, who took her seat Jan. 14 following a Dec. 12 runoff election against candidate Arliss Bentley.

Before running in the election, Davidson said, he also applied for another seat in 2019 left by late Council Member Glenn Redmon, but council appointed Charles Cunningham to the position. Davidson said he applied to City Council again because he wanted to give back to the community. He said he believes his experience as an accountant could be useful in local government.

"I'm kind of at that point of my life where I'm here to serve where I can, and I thought the City Council was a great place for my experience to be able to help," he said. "Really serving the community is what it's all about."

For his term on council—which ends May 2022—Davidson said he wants to focus on aiding the city's effort to shift from relying on sales tax revenue to taking in more property tax revenue.

"We have to think about today, and we have to plan for what's going to happen 15 to 20 years down the line because if we don't, we'll be left behind," he said. "So that's what we have to take a look at is, 'How can we make sure that you keep the community a nice place for people to live and make it economical that they can afford to live here?'"

City Council was originally set to appoint someone to council in February, but at a Feb. 9 special meeting, City Council chose to postpone the appointment to receive applications to fill the position. Despite Winter Storm Uri's impact on the region Feb. 15-19, the city accepted applications to fill the seat Feb. 12-18 as planned.

Humble City Secretary Jenny Page said she updated the city's website with several ways residents could apply for the position, including fax, email, mail, depositing applications in the billing drop slot of the city's utility building, and dropping applications off at the Humble Police Department.