The Big Bear Municipal Water District Division 2 spot is no longer vacant, after the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the appointment of Frank Howes to the seat at its May 23 meeting.

The MWD originally had 60 days to fill the board vacancy, after Mary Ann Lewis resigned Feb. 28. Exceeding the deadline by 16 days, the decision went to the Board of Supervisors and was no longer at the discretion of the MWD board. The MWD board provided a recommendation for Howes.

Third District Supervisor James Ramos interviewed Frank Howes May 19 and presented the recommendation to the Board of Supervisors May 23 as an item on the consent calendar. The term runs until Dec. 7, 2018.

If the Board of Supervisors did not appoint Howes or someone else to the position by May 31, the MWD would be required to hold an election. Government code requires an election to take place a minimum of 130 days after an agency calls an election. This means the MWD would not be able to have an election until Nov. 7, and the seat would remain vacant for more than eight months total.

—Natalie Williams


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