IVC Board vacancy to be filled by appointment

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IMPERIAL – Imperial Valley College is seeking to appoint a new trustee to fill the Trustee Area 5 seat vacated by the resignation of Norma Sierra Galindo, who stepped down Dec. 7 when she took office as a board member at the Imperial Irrigation District.

The IVC board will provisionally appoint a successor at a special adjourned meeting Jan. 23.

“ The Board of Trustees will meet in open session to interview and select an appointee who will serve the remainder of Mrs. Galindo’s term,” said IVC Attorney Frank Oswalt. “The Trustee Area 5 seat will then be open to qualified candidates at the November 2014 general election,” he added. .

Qualified applicants must be legal residents and registered voters of the Imperial Community College District, Area 5. “Only individuals meeting these qualifications are eligible to fill this vacancy,” Oswalt added.

Trustee Area 5 encompasses parts of El Centro east of Eighth Street, a large rural area east of El Centro as well as parts of Heber north of Heber Road and west of Dogwood Road.

Residents who are interested in being considered for this vacant position are urged to consult a map of Trustee Area boundaries posted on the IVC website at: imperial.edu/about us/board of trustees/board members/Area 5.

All IVC trustee areas, which formerly followed high school district boundaries, were redrawn in 2011 in an extensive redistricting process. At large balloting for trustees was also eliminated. They now are elected by voters residing within the districts they represent.

Application packets will be available in Area 5 beginning Jan. 4 at the El Centro Chamber of Commerce offices, 1095 S. Fourth Street, El Centro; the City of El Centro Community Center and Senior Center, 375 S. First St., El Centro and at the Imperial Valley College President’s Office, 380 E, Aten Road. They also will be available beginning Jan. 7 at Heber Elementary School, 1052 Heber Ave., Heber and at Dogwood School, 44 E. Correll Road.

The completed packets must be received at the Imperial Valley College President’s Office before noon on Jan 17 to be eligible for consideration.

Sierra Galindo a two term IVC Trustee, was elected in November to the IID board. She resigned from the IVC position Dec. 7, the day she was sworn in to her new position.The board voted during a special meeting Dec. 15 to make a provisional appointment thereby saving the college the $25,000 cost of a special election.