The Santa Monica City Council voted February 24th to appoint trial attorney Gleam Davis to fill the council seat of Herb Katz, who died earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.

Davis, a resident of Santa Monica for more than 20 years, is co-chair of the group Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and serves on the city Planning Commission. She previously ran for City Council in 2006, when she finished fifth.

After several rounds of voting for the appointment February 24th, Davis received the necessary four votes from council members Bob Holbrook, Richard Bloom, Pam O’Connor and Mayor Ken Genser, defeating other top nominees Patricia Hoffman and Ted Winterer.

Davis immediately was sworn into office and took her new seat as the second woman on the seven-member City Council.

“I will try to live up to the faith you have shown in me,” Davis said. “I hope to honor Herb (Katz) and his spirit of public service by being a faithful public servant.

“I really look forward to serving all the people of Santa Monica.”

Following Katz’s death, the city announced the council vacancy January 27th and invited applications for the position. The City Council had received 27 applications by the February 17th deadline.

If the council had not filled the open seat within 30 days of declaring the vacancy, a special election would have been called to fill the seat.