Michael Lockhart was appointed to the Joseph City Council at the Jan. 11 regular meeting council meeting. Lockhart was the only applicant for the city council position created by the resignation of Rodd Clark.
Lockhart continues to serve as president of the Village at Wallowa Lake and co-owns the Wallowa Lake Tram.
Lockhart said he had been thinking of a bid for a seat on the council for some time.
“There are some things in Joseph that are of interest to me,” he said. “I’d like to see the streets repaired and look at infrastructure. City councilors have been working on this for a long time, and it’s not that I have an idea how to approach (these issues), yet.
“I’ll have to know more about it. I’d just like to see where I can help. I’m looking forward to helping the people on the council.”
Joseph Mayor Dennis Sands said Lockhart’s background made him a good addition.
“He’s got a pretty varied background with a lot of experience in several areas and it’s always good to see someone who uses their knowledge for the benefit of the community and not just personal gain,” Sands said. “We’re very happy to have him.”