Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the new alderman for the 7th Ward Monday.
Emanuel introduced Natashia Lynnette Holmes at a news conference. She replaces Sandi Jackson, who resigned from City Council last month.
“I think Natashia represents a clear break from the past, and a new beginning,” Emanuel said.
Holmes received her law degree from Kent College of Law. She previously worked for Illinois Department of Transportation and The Chicago Park District. Emanuel said she also had an integral role in the 2010 Census and served as the president of her condo association.
Emanuel appointed a panel to evaluate candidates who met the qualifications and applied for Jackson’s vacated seat. More than 65 residents applied for the job, 48 met the qualifications for the position and received phone interviews, and 25 of the residents were selected for in-person interviews by the committee. After the committee’s evaluations, Emanuel then selected Holmes.
Meanwhile, federal investigators have started examining the finances of former alderman Jackson.
Authorities are questioning the legitimacy of the monthly consultant fees she received from the congressional campaign of her husband Jesse Jackson Jr.