Jim Hayden's start date on the Surprise City Council was moved up from Jan. 1 to Tuesday.
The council unanimously approved Hayden's appointment to the vacant District 2 seat. On Aug. 30 the Sun City Grand resident won the primary election in the district against incumbent Jim Biundo.
Mr. Biundo resigned, effective Sept. 9. Due to city policy for advertising vacancies, Tuesday was the earliest time any appointee could have taken office.
District 2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and the majority of Arizona Traditions.
For 22 years, Mr. Hayden served on the Glendale Fire Department as a fire fighter and EMT.
He is a Vietnam War veteran and served 20 years in the United States Air Force, where he trained pilots with skills needed to survive wartime conditions.
Mr. Hayden also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College, teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians.
Prior to joining council, he served as chairman of the Surprise Public Safety Retirement Board.
Following the completion of this term, Mr. Hayden's four-year term will begin on Jan. 1, 2017.
He and his wife, Nancy, have lived in Sun City Grand for 12 years.