Wednesday, October 01, 2014

ORC leaders leaving board as terms expire

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 4/16/2014

This month’s Ottawa Recreation Commission board meeting marked the final official gathering for two of the board’s leaders.

Dan Stepp, board chair, and Linda Spencer, vice chair, were presented with plaques April 9 by the ORC board for their years of service. Spencer has served two full, four-year terms and is not eligible to run for a third term. Board members only can serve two consecutive, four-year terms. Stepp has served a total of five years, including one full term, but chose not to return to the board, he said.

This month’s Ottawa Recreation Commission board meeting marked the final official gathering for two of the board’s leaders.

Dan Stepp, board chair, and Linda Spencer, vice chair, were presented with plaques April 9 by the ORC board for their years of service. Spencer has served two full, four-year terms and is not eligible to run for a third term. Board members only can serve two consecutive, four-year terms. Stepp has served a total of five years, including one full term, but chose not to return to the board, he said.

“It has been a wonderful time,” Stepp said. “I’ve really enjoyed it. It is just time to move on and get some fresh blood in and let them take over.”

Stepp served as an at-large member on the five-person board, and Spencer served as one of two Ottawa school district representatives on the board. Both of their terms officially end May 1.

The process for filling the vacancies is different for the two positions.

“What we do is, for one [position], we go through the school board and they put an ad out for candidates and then the school board interviews them and they choose who they want to represent them on the board,” Tommy Sink, ORC director, said. “The other is an at-large position. That position has been advertised for and the permanent board members will interview and select the at-large candidate.”

Board member Rick Burgoon was appointed interim chair and will serve in the position until a new chair and vice chair are elected at the ORC board’s July 9 meeting, Glenda Guge, ORC office manager, said.

Sink was not sure if both board vacancies would be filled before the ORC’s next monthly meeting, which is scheduled for May 14, he said.

“The sooner the better,” Sink said. “It is not very often we have two board members leave at the same time. It is not set up for that to happen that way. I don’t like operating with three [board members], and I know [the board doesn’t] like it either.”

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