Alameda County supes plan to fill District 2 board vacancy by early April

Richard Valle.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors plan to fill the vacant District 2 seat, left open by the recent death of Richard Valle, within the month.

The supervisors unanimously approved an application process and timeline for individuals interested in representing Hayward, Union City, Newark and portions of Fremont for the balance of Valle’s term, which was set to expire in 2026. Interested individuals have until 5 p.m. March 14 to submit an application in person to the board clerk, after which the clerk has 48 hours to post the applications for public review on the county website and at the clerk’s office.

The supervisors are expected to narrow the list down to three to five candidates for an interview at a public meeting on March 21 and hold public interviews on March 28. At the latter meeting, candidates will have the opportunity to give presentations of up to 10 minutes, after which the board will have the chance to ask questions.

A candidate is expected to be selected sometime between March 30 and April 4, with a swearing-in set for April 4.

The county charter gives the board 60 days to appoint a replacement when there is a vacancy or else the power to fill the vacancy shifts to the governor. Since Valle died Feb. 8, the county has until April 9 to make an appointment.

The application can be found in this packet or obtained from the Office of the Clerk of the Board, located at the main reception desk on the fifth floor of the County Administration Building, which is located at 1221 Oak Street in Oakland.

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