During Public Comment, Champion’s husband, Jason stated he was there to show support and felt she would do very strong work. After closing Public Comment, Board Trustee Dorie Gayner made the motion to fill the vacancy with Kelly Champion. Due to a lack of a second the motion died. Superintendent James Berardi didn’t think the County would have a special election to fill the vacancy, so it would wait until the general election. Champion wanted to table the appointment to the next meeting. Board Trustee Christina Potter said since there was no second to the motion, she understood it would roll to the general election since they had a special meeting on it.
Champion reminded the board they had an obligation to fill the vacancy, adding it is hard to find interested parties that want to be on boards, and she’s been at every meeting for years. She felt it didn’t make sense they wouldn’t fill it. Berardi was going to call the Sierra County Clerk-Recorder after the meeting.