Costello Chosen to Fill Vacant Baltimore City Council Seat

On October 6, the Baltimore City Council unanimously approved Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello to fill the council seat left vacant by William H. Cole IV, whom Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed director of the Baltimore Development Corp.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake swearing in Costello, Courtesy of WYPR
Mayor Rawlings-Blake swearing in Costello, Courtesy of WYPR

Coverage from The Baltimore Sun states,

Costello, 33, a New York native, is an auditor in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After the council vote, he was sworn in by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and took his seat representing the 11th District, which includes Federal Hill, Bolton Hill and downtown.

“I’m really looking forward to working with everyone to make not only the 11th District better, but to help strengthen our city,” Costello said. He said he is resigning from his federal government job to work full time on the council. He received applause from the crowded council chambers.

The panel of community leaders, appointed by (Council President Bernard C. “Jack”) Young, listened to more than four hours of testimony last month from 14 candidates — and in less than five minutes agreed to nominate Costello.

“Everyone who was interviewed was a great candidate,” Young said Monday. “Everyone of them could have been Eric Costello today. But the committee chose Eric Costello.”

To read the full story on Eric Costello, visit The Baltimore Sun.