The three remaining members of the Oceano Community Services District board decided in a special meeting Sunday to appoint new members to fill two seats left vacant by the sudden resignations of President Jim Hill and member Carole Henson.
Hill and Henson resigned March 28, citing mismanagement issues. Hill was particularly concerned that the board’s top priority — finishing two years’ worth of overdue audits — was not completed on a timeline set by board members.
The three remaining members — Lori Angello, Matthew Guerrero, and Mary Lucey — must appoint new members or call a special election within 60 days. A special election could cost from $22,400 to $32,000, according to the county clerk-recorders office.
The board tentatively decided to conduct interviews of interested applicants at its May 11 meeting, said General Manager Raffaele Montemurro.
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Hill was first elected in 2004 and up for re-election in November 2012; Henson was sworn onto the board in December and not up for re-election until November 2014. Whoever is appointed to the board will serve the remainders of those terms.