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CWC accepts Pedersen's resignation; replacement process starts

Jan 24, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees voted to accept the resignation of former trustee Judy Pedersen during a special telephone meeting Wednesday.

Pedersen submitted her resignation during the board's Jan. 16 meeting.

"Since the resignation was unexpected and the board only has 30 days to fill a board vacancy ... the board decided to hold a special meeting by telephone," board chairman Charlie Krebs said Wednesday.

He called for a motion to accept Pedersen's resignation, effective immediately, adding a word of thanks for her contribution to the college and community through her eight years of service on the board.

"I would note that Trustee Pedersen has served two full terms on the board, from 1994 to 1998 and 2008 to 2012. She was elected to another four-year term in November of 2012."

Trustee Heather Christensen made the motion, and Trustee Roger Gose offered a second. Krebs asked for comments from the board or members of the public, and hearing none he called for a roll call vote. Trustees present were Christensen, Gose and Krebs as well as Colton Crane and Carlton Underwood. All five voted to accept the resignation.

Replacement process

Next, Krebs outlined his proposed process for finding Pedersen's replacement, who will be appointed to fill the Subdistrict 2 seat covering Riverton and Shoshoni through Nov. 2014. At that point, voters will elect someone to fill the remainder of Pedersen's four-year term.

Krebs suggested that CWC begin advertising the board vacancy through local media outlets on Thursday. He said interested applicants would have until Feb. 4 to call or e-mail board clerk Linda Bender to state their interest. By Feb. 8, he said, completed applications and letters of interest must be received in CWC President Jo Anne McFarland's office.

Krebs requested that each candidate's letter of interest address the person's background and state reasons for his or her interest in serving on the board.

He said applicants should note any special contributions they could make to the board and outline their ability to commit sufficient time to board meetings and special events.

He said candidates should include a statement of any bias that would interfere with their ability to be an impartial and fair board member.

Finally, he asked applicants to indicate whether they would plan to seek election to the remainder of the term in November 2014.

Candidates will be required to attend the board's next meeting, which will begin at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at CWC's Intertribal Education and Community Center.

"Board interviews of those interested candidates will happen right after the welcome and introduction of guests," Krebs said. "Candidates will convene at that time to (another room) and wait to be called ... one at a time to delver up to a three minute prepared statement of interest."

The candidates also will give up to one minute responses to eight questions that will be provided in advance, and Krebs said board members would be permitted to ask follow up questions as well.

"Each interview will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes," Krebs said.

Immediately following the interviews, Krebs said the board would convene into executive session to discuss the appointment.

"The board (will make) its appointment following the executive session, after which the appointee will take the oath of office and be seated at the board," Krebs said.

The board approved the appointment process as outlined by Krebs, who requested that they review their interview questions during the coming month in preparation for the upcoming candidate interviews.

To contact Bender, call 855-2102 or e-mail lbender@cwc.edu.

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