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Election opens up Board seat in Ward 7

The East Bay Regional Park District is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its Board of Directors due to the recent election of Park Director Diane Burgis to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

The Park District’s Ward 7, which will be vacated by Burgis on Jan. 2, 2017, represents the communities of Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Knightsen, Martinez, Mt. View, Oakley, Pacheco, portion of Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo and Vine Hill.

Regional parks and trails located in these areas include: Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Brown’s Island, Contra Loma Regional Park, Big Break Regional Shoreline, Marsh Creek Regional Trail, portions of Vasco Caves, Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline, Crockett Hills Regional Park, Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline, Waterbird Regional Park, Northwestern portions of Briones Regional Park, portions of San Francisco Bay Trail, Bay Point Regional Shoreline and Delta DeAnza Regional Trail.

Applications are available at www.ebparks.org or by contacting the Clerk of the Board, Yolande Barial-Knight, at (510) 544-2020 or ybarial@ebparks.org. Applications must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board, East Bay Regional Park District, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605 no later than noon on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must be over age 18, reside in Ward 7 and be registered to vote.

 A three-member Board committee will review the applications, interview selected candidates and recommend three finalists for interview by the full Board. The full Board will interview finalists at a special public Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

The East Bay Regional Park District Board consists of seven representatives, elected by ward, who are responsible for the policy direction of the Park District. The Ward 7 director position will be up for election in 2018. Board members receive $100 per eligible meeting, up to a maximum of $1,000 per month, and are eligible for benefits.

The Board meets twice a month at Park District headquarters, 2950 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland.

More information about the Board and the Park District is available at www.ebparks.org.

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