Oceano residents Rick Searcy and Felma Hurdle were appointed Wednesday night to fill two open seats on the Oceano Community Services District board.
Searcy, a former Oceano board member, and Hurdle, who first moved to Oceano in 1970, were chosen out of six applicants for the two openings. The vacancies were created in March when former board President Jim Hill and member Carole Henson resigned.
Their resignations left three board members — Lori Angello, Mary Lucey and Matthew Guerrero — to lead the agency, which provides sewer, water, street lighting and fire protection services to the community of about 7,200 residents.
Unlike last year’s election, when no seats were contested, the vacancies drew several candidates. The others were Cathy Young, Giselle Naylor, Elizabeth Raye and Kenneth Lua.
“I find this a great honor,” Hurdle, a retired correctional peace officer, said after she was seated on the board.
Searcy was first elected in the early 1980s and most recently served on the board from December 2000 to 2004. “I look forward to getting the district back to feasibility,” he said.