Port San Luis Harbor District looking for replacement commissioner

Port San Luis Harbor District is accepting applications to replace district Commissioner Jack Scarbrough, who died Jan. 11.

The Harbor Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 to likely name a replacement. In the meantime, anyone wishing to be considered for the position should send a letter of interest to Steve Mc-Grath, harbor manager, by noon on Feb. 2. Candidates can also attend the Feb. 7 meeting and announce their interest.

To be eligible, applicants must be registered voters residing in the harbor district, which encompasses the southwestern corner of the county, including the Five Cities area and most of San Luis Obispo.

Whoever is appointed will serve out the remainder of Scarbrough’s term, which expires in January 2013.

“In November, three seats to the commission will be up for election, including this one,” McGrath said. “If a candidate wants to serve beyond that date, he or she must stand for election.”

The commission may name a replacement at the Feb. 7 meeting. If the commission is having a hard time making a decision, the meeting could be continued. However, a decision must be made by Feb. 10, which is a 30-day deadline mandated by law.

Scarbrough, 84, died a week ago at his home in Arroyo Grande of complications from pneumonia. He was beginning his 15th year on the commission, having first taken office in January 1997.

He moved to the county in 1952. Since then, he had held a variety of jobs, including Grover Beach police chief, school bus driver, harbor patrolman and park ranger.

“Jack was the real deal, a member of the greatest generation, and it showed in everything he did,” Mc-Grath said. “He will be missed.”