Ward III position open

The Contra Costa Community College District is seeking applicants to fill Governing Board Ward III.  The appointed applicant would serve as a member for Ward III until the next routinely scheduled election held in 2014.

This comes after the passing of a long time CCCCD president and board member Sheila A. Grilli on Aug. 31, 2013. The Governing Board held a meeting on Sept. 11 where they gave their approval to fill the position by provisional appointment as an alternative to a more expensive option of an election.

The requirements are that the applicants must be residents of Ward III, which includes most of the communities of Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Pacheco.

The candidates must have the ability and time to live up to their responsibilities of being an active member of the board who is committed.  Participating fully in the activities of the board by attending all meetings, and key college and district events.  Applicants should review and discuss policy issues, and be knowledgeable about the communities served by the colleges, and be prepared to act on behalf of the community.  They should be operational and supportive of the authority of the board as a whole.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23.  Interested contenders can apply by submitting a cover letter, application form, resume, supplemental questionnaire, and no more than three letters of reference to the Chancellor’s Office, Contra Costa Community College District, 500 Court St. Martinez, CA 94553.  For more information reach the Communications and Community Relations department at (925) 229-6823.

Interested candidates can attain their required forms from the District Office or website, www.4cd.edu.

Two special Governing Board meetings will be held, one on Oct. 2 to review all applications and decide on the persons to be interviewed, and the second meeting on Oct. 8 to interview selected individuals and select the provisional Ward III trustee.

According to Gene Huff, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources of CCCCD, the appointed candidate would serve the remainder of the term until the next election.  “The district recognizes these would be some big shoes to fill, Sheila Grilli was a long serving member with the strong advocates in the district,” said Huff.  Although the appointee will fill out the position until the end of the term until the next regularly scheduled election for Governing Board members, the new member for Ward III can run for the next term in 2014 with an advantage of having the experience of already being a Ward III member.