Trustees plan to appoint Reynoso successor
Sun news staff
Some Sierra College Trustees are leaning toward appointing a replacement for a recently resigned board member rather than calling a special election to fill the seat, they said Monday.
The board meets today at the community college’s Truckee campus, and are scheduled to discuss the best way to replace Elaine Rowen Reynoso, who resigned late last week due to health concerns.
Reynoso vacated her Area 4 seat, which covers Rocklin and Loomis. Board policies allow the sitting board to either call a special election to fill the seat or appoint a replacement within 60 days for the last two years on Reynoso’s four-year term, which she won in 2008.
Because of the high cost of special elections, Board President Aaron Klein is leaning toward the appointment process, he said.
and#8220;Special elections are expensive for taxpayers, and we would like to see the seat filled soon, so that we can have a complete team of trustees present for our August retreat with our new President,and#8221; Klein said. The board in May hired William Duncan to replace outgoing President Leo Chavez, who is retiring after five years at the school’s helm.
Sierra College trustees are voted in at-large, meaning every trustee is voted on across all of Nevada and Placer counties, and parts of El Dorado and Sacramento counties. A recent special election in Truckee cost $6 per voter, and it’s not clear how much a countywide special election would cost in Nevada County, said Assistant Clerk-Recorder Gail Smith. There are 60,569 registered voters in the county, she said.
Klein’s board colleagues and#8212; Area 1 Trustee Howard Rudd and Area 2 Trustee Dave Ferrari and#8212; agreed they wanted to avoid a special election due to taxpayer cost.
and#8220;We don’t want any more costs,and#8221; Rudd said.
If the rest of the trustees agree, they could start accepting applications today, with the goal of selecting a candidate by July, Klein said.
The successful candidate needs to be a skilled leader, Rudd said.
and#8220;I’d personally be looking at their professional credentials and business experience,and#8221; Rudd said. and#8220;I think somebody who had a good background in running a business, and demonstrated some professional leadership, would be a good fit.and#8221;