UPDATE: Steve Keefe Fills LACSD Board Vacancy

The appointment of Steve Keefe to the LACSD board by Supervisor Janice Rutherford has been approved.  (File Photo by Michael P. Neufeld)

By Michael P. Neufeld

UPDATE – Wednesday,  December 5

San Bernardino, CA – Steve Keefe’s appointment to the LACSD board vacancy has been approved by county supervisors.

On a motion by Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and a second by First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Keefe (Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty) was approved 4-0 with Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt absent.

Keefe — who fills the unexpired term for former Lake Arrowhead Community Services District director Philip Butler whose term expires in 2013 — is expected to take office at the Tuesday, December 11 LACSD board meeting. That 6:30 p.m. session will be held at the LACSD board room at 840 Willow Creek Road in Lake Arrowhead.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

San Bernardino, CA – Supervisor Janice Rutherford has nominated Steve Keefe to fill a LACSD vacancy.

Steve Keefe

Keefe’s appointment to the LACSD board must be confirmed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 4. If approved, Keefe would fill the unexpired term of Philip Butler who resigned his seat on September 11.

THE PROCESS

Once Butler resigned, directors of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District had until November 12 to appoint a replacement, schedule a special election or pass the appointment to Rutherford and the other four members of the board of supervisors.

LACSD Directors Ralph Wagner, Geoffrey Goss, William Thompson and John Wurm cast several ballots trying to name the replacement but were deadlocked on whether to appoint Jim Williamson or Robert Renz.  Both Williamson and Renz had submitted letters of request to be appointed.

Once the LACSD decision was passed to Supervisor Rutherford she named a five-person panel to interview Keefe and three other candidates — Renz, Williamson and Stan Sievers.

The interview panel, convened by Supervisor Rutherford, included Rim of the World Recreation and Parks District General Manager Karen Reams, Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council Chairman Lawrence Mainez, former LACSD Board member Harvey Durand, Mountain District Representative Lewis Murray, and Second District Chief of Staff Chad Mayes.

RUTHERFORD’S COMMENTS

As a former LACSD Board member, Mr. Keefe has knowledge and experience that will allow him to contribute to the Board on day one,” Rutherford stated in a prepared media release.

My preference would be for voters to make this choice, but I appreciate LACSD’s decision to request a Board of Supervisors appointment in light of the potential costs of holding  a special election to fill a post that expires in August,” Rutherford’s release noted.

 

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