Sarah Christie replacement appointed to planning commission

The tumultuous times of Sarah Christie on the county Planning Commission came to a quiet, definitive end Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors, without comment, unanimously appointed Dan O’Grady to replace her.

Three people in the audience praised Christie, who resigned under pressure Dec. 18.

Richard Margetson said he didn’t know O’Grady, and “he may be a fine person.” However, Margetson added, after “looking at (O’Grady’s) application there is no way it stacks up to what you’ve lost.”

O’Grady, a registered professional engineer, is a member of the county Water Resources Advisory Committee, a former member of the Atascadero Planning Commission, and belongs to several organizations, among them the county Land Conservancy, the Atascadero Native Tree Association, and the San Luis Obispo Arts Center.

Elaine Watson of Los Osos praised Christie for being “ethical, intelligent, well-informed, and articulate,” among other laudatory adjectives.

That drew applause from the audience, but Supervisor Chairman Frank Mecham cut it off. “That’s enough,” he said. If audience members want “to congratulate someone,” they can do it outside, he said.