BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills City Council announced on Tuesday, May 31 the individual who would fill the vacant City Council seat after former councilmember William W. Brien resigned from his position.

After interviewing a total of 23 candidates, the BH City Council selected to appoint longtime resident and former Beverly Hills Planning Commissioner Kathy Reims at a special meeting on Tuesday.

Reims will officially be sworn into office during the next City Council meeting on Monday, June 6. She will take her seat as the fifth council member.

Kathy Reims is a retired property manager who has served on multiple committees including the City’s Planning Commission and the Traffic and Parking Commission. She is currently a member of the Budget Review Committee.

She has participated in other endeavors and community work programs that include the Beverly Hills Meals on Wheels program, El Rodeo PTA, the West Hollywood Homeless Shelter, and Friends of Beverly Hills Public Library.

The City Council seat became available after William W. Brien, MD indicated he would be leaving the position after being offered a position as the vice president of medical operations and chief clinical officer at CHI St. Luke’s Health – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

There was a public comment period prior to the start of the interviews. Each candidate was allowed a three minute opening statement before the councilmembers asked three set questions and follow up questions.

A list of all of the candidates and their applications can be viewed at

By Ryan Dyrud and Casey Jacobs