It’s up to Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the empty seat left on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors by the untimely death of Paul Teixeira. The pool of options—though not fully known by anyone outside the governor’s office—includes several prominent names from the largest town in District 4: Arroyo Grande.
Arroyo Grande Councilmember Caren Ray, Lucia Mar school board president and former mayor Mark Millis, and real estate broker Michael Byrd confirmed they’d submitted applications for the appointment.
The applicants said state Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil and her staff will vet the list down to two or three candidates, one of whom the governor will select after a personal interview in Sacramento.
The process of selecting a new supervisor can take as long as nine months, based on the experiences of some other California counties. Even the possible appointees don’t know the exact timeline.
“The question you’re asking is one I’d like to know myself,” Millis said.
Ray, Millis, and Byrd plan to run for reelection in June if appointed to fill the vacancy for the current term, which runs through 2014.
Ray remarked it wouldn’t make much sense otherwise considering that, unlike many city and local board positions, a county supervisor post requires a full-time commitment. “This is a career choice,” she said.
Still, it’s not certain that the next District 4 supervisor will come from Arroyo Grande (Teixeira hailed from unincorporated Nipomo). The actual number of applicants in front of Pasquil may be as high as 18.
South County Advisory Council Chair Dan Woodson confirmed on July 31 he submitted an application and had an initial interview scheduled that afternoon. County Water Resources Advisory Committee member Mike Winn also confirmed his application.
Oceano Community Services District President Matt Guerrero isn’t a candidate for appointment. He said he’d taken a pass for family reasons, though he expressed interest in pursuing the position at some point.
Other rumored candidates included former Grover Beach mayor Peter Keith and Nipomo CSD President Jim Harrison. New Times was unable to reach those two potential applicants to confirm their candidacy before press deadline.