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Kensington Invites Applicants for Empty Board Seat

Kensington on Thursday issued a notice inviting applications from those interested in filling the vacant seat on the township's five-member governing board. The vacancy was created by the Dec. 13 resignation of Mari Metcalf.

Kensington's governing board issued a formal notice of vacancy on Thursday night, inviting applications to fill the empty seat on the board created by the Dec. 13 resignation of Mari Metcalf.

The deadline for submitting applications to fill the seat on the five-member board of the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District (KPPCSD) is Jan. 17, according to the notice. (The full notice is below.)

The successor to finish the final two years of Metcalf's four-year term will be appointed by the board no later than Feb. 11, the notice said.

The decision to select a replacement by appointment and invite applicants, instead of making the selection by a special election, was made unanimously by remaining board members in a special open session Thursday night.

Metcalf issued a statement when she resigned criticizing other members of the board. She said the Nov. 6 election defeat of incumbent Cathie Kosel, who had been a political ally of Metcalf's on the board, left her alone and unable to carry out her responsibility as she sees it.

Below is the KPPCSD notice: 

NOTICE OF VACANCY AND INTENT TO APPOINT DIRECTOR TO THE KENSINGTON POLICE PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a vacancy exists on the Board of Directors of the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District. That vacancy was created by the resignation of Director Mari Metcalf, effective December 13, 2012, and must be filled by appointment no later than February 11, 2013.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that, in accordance with California Government Code Section 1780, the remaining Directors of the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District intend to and will fill the vacancy by appointing a successor. The individual appointed will serve as Director from the effective date of appointment until a successor is elected and qualified at the next District general election in November 2014.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the District is seeking qualified individuals to appoint to its Board of Directors and fill the vacancy. Interested individuals should submit a letter indicating their interest and qualifications to serve on the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District Board no later than January 17, 2013. All candidates must reside within and be a registered voter in Kensington. For further information please contact General Manager/ Chief of Police Gregory E. Harman at the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District, 217 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, California, (510) 526-4141. 

M. E. Campbell of Kensington, CA December 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Unfortunately the Board decided to follow an old protocol from a prior resignation that specifies the applicant must be both a resident (good thing) and a registered voter in Kensington. This clearly discriminates against longterm residents who are not citizens.

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