A former school director has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on Palmerton Borough Council.
On a 5-0 vote Thursday, council agreed to appoint Michael Ballard to the post. Councilman Jason Behler was absent.
Council Vice President Chris Olivia nominated Ballard for the seat, though he said each of the five candidates who applied would have been worthy selections.
"Everybody was qualified," Olivia said. "I think they would all do a great job."
Olivia touted Ballard's prior experience as a Palmerton Area School Board director.