Johnson County Community College board to select new member

09/30/2013 5:55 PM

09/30/2013 5:55 PM

Four candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Johnson County Community College board are to be interviewed on campus Tuesday.

The board is expected to choose the new trustee after the interviews during a special meeting that begins at 4 p.m. in the Hugh Speer Board Room, 137 GEB, on the Overland Park campus. Interviews and selection are open to the public.

The new member will fill the position vacated by former trustee Melody Rayl, who resigned in July, less than a month into her second term on the JCCC board. She had joined the board in 2008, when she was selected by trustees to fill an unexpired four-year term. The next year residents elected her.

Tuesday’s selection marks the fourth time since 2004 that a trustee has been appointed. The most recent was in December, when David Lindstrom was named to fill the unexpired term of Don Weiss.

The four finalists are Karin Brownlee of Olathe, an independent contractor; Robert Drummond of Olathe, president/CEO of Kids TLC; Michael Lally of Overland Park, vice president at Olsson Associates; and Steven Wolf of Prairie Village, CEO of Wolf Properties LLC. The board selected the finalists from a field of 13 applicants.

Brownlee, a former state senator, served eight months as Kansas’ secretary of labor under Gov. Sam Brownback. Drummond is a former JCCC trustee unseated in the April 2013 election. Lally is a former Overland Park councilman and planning commissioner. Wolf is the husband of state Sen. Kay Wolf.

Each of the candidates will get five minutes to present themselves to the board, and the board will get 15 minutes to ask each candidate questions. The selected candidate will be seated for the next board meeting Oct. 17 and serve out the rest of Rayl’s term, which expires June 30, 2017.

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