Lifelong Wilton resident Tierney O’Hearn, an attorney, is the latest member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission at its meeting July 25 accepted O’Hern as the Democratic replacement for a seat left vacant by Democrat Keith Rodgerson, who resigned over the summer.

The Wilton Democratic Town Committee referred O’Hearn to the commission as his replacement.

O’Hearn could not immediately take his seat because he must first be sworn in by Town Clerk Lori Kaback.

O'Hearn has a doctor of law degree from Temple University School of Law and a master’s degree in international law from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

He served several years as an attorney with the Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey and Flynn & Blakeslee in Wilton. In 2002 he established the Law Offices of Tierney E. O’Hearn in Wilton.

O’Hearn also has volunteered with the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Historic District & Historic Properties Commission. He also volunteers at the annual pancake breakfast presented by the Kiwanis Club each Memorial Day.

He has said there needs to be a “balance between economic growth and community preservation.”