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New trustee sought to represent Pleasanton at Chabot-Las Positas

Applications available with board set to make appointment in spring

The search is on for a new person to serve as Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Area 5 trustee, a public position representing most of Pleasanton, Dublin and Sunol on the Board of Trustees.

Applications are now available for residents interested in the position as the remaining six board members work to select the next Area 5 trustee -- who will succeed former trustee Carlo Vecchiarelli, the elected representative who retired suddenly midterm in January, citing health reasons.

Instead of holding a special election, district leaders are opting to appoint a provisional trustee to complete the remainder of Vecchiarelli's unexpired term. The appointed trustee will serve through November 2020, when the next regular board election is held.

The ideal candidate should have the time and ability to attend all board meetings, campus events, and study the policy agendas and issues affecting the district and 29,000 East Bay students that it serves, according to district officials.

Applicants must also be at least 18 years old, a registered voter, and live in Trustee Area 5. District employees and those disqualified by law from holding civil office are ineligible to serve.

Candidates must apply online or in writing by March 26 at 4 p.m. Applicants will interview with the six-member board at a study meeting on April 2. A swearing-in ceremony for the appointee will take place at the board's April 16 regular meeting.

The appointed trustee will have some seasoned shoes to fill, as Vecchiarelli, a longtime Pleasanton resident, spent more than 50 years with the district, holding various positions in the district including dean of admissions before being first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004.

This is also a critical time for district leadership, as current Interim Chancellor Ronald P. Gerhard is the district's third temporary leader in the wake of former chancellor Jannett Jackson's resignation last August. The board expects to launch a second nationwide search for a permanent chancellor soon.

Information about how to apply for the Trustee Area 5 vacancy, including an application, can be obtained on the district website at clpccd.org, or by contacting Debra Nascimento, executive assistant/board coordinator in the Chancellor's Office at 485-5207 or dnascimento@clpccd.org.

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