MCC board split over filling newly vacant seat

KINGMAN - The Mohave Community College Board of Trustees is divided on how to fill the open District 4 representative seat.

Former representative Travis Lingenfelter voluntarily resigned the seat March 13 to pursue business ventures and focus on his work as Mohave County lobbyist, he said at the time.

College President Michael Kearns said state statute provides two options for educational institutions when a trustee's seat is vacated during mid-term:

• Let the Kingman Unified School District superintendent pick a replacement, or;

• Approve a ballot measure for District 4 voters in Kingman and elsewhere to decide on a replacement during the November elections.

The board split 2-2 on the matter during their meeting last week and took no action, according to Charlotte Keller, director of marketing and public information for the college.

"It may come up on the next agenda," said Keller. "I guess that just remains to be seen."

The next meeting will be held at noon May 16 on the Bullhead City campus, said Keller.

The meeting will be held the same day as graduation commencement college-wide, she said.

Appointed in January 2010 to represent District 4 and 5, Lingenfelter was later elected in 2012 to solely represent District 4, which includes portions of Kingman and the Davis Dam area.

If the board decides to leave the decision up to voters, qualified candidates must live in District 4, according to Kearns.

"There is no requirement that you have to fill a vacancy in any particular amount of time," said Kearns.