The process to secure a replacement for Bryan Pilkington will be completed in about two months. The former president of the North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District resigned from his position on the board due to ongoing health problems.
Pilkington and his physician have been aware of his heart problems for several years. The doctor recommended that Pilkington not return to the board of directors after his open heart surgery in January. But he was back at meetings a few months later.
This time, however, a recent doctor visit resulted in Pilkington removing himself permanently from the board of directors, effective Oct. 6.
“My doctor was pretty convincing, so I have to follow his recommendation,” he said. Pilkington added that he planned to support the district in its efforts to obtain a permanent water rights permit.
The district has two options to fill Pikington’s director seat. One choice is to call a special election, though board attorney Roger Masuda said it was probably too expensive for the board to hold one at this time.
The more likely solution is for the board to appoint a new director. Masuda said the board has 60 days from the date of Pilkington’s resignation to give public notice, gather letters of interest from the community and make a final decision. The process should be completed by early December.
A new board president will be selected from among the current directors.
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