PLEASANT HILL -- The Contra Costa County Board of Education on Wednesday voted 3-1 to hire an attorney to determine whether trustees have the legal authority to place a measure on a ballot.

Three trustees want to ask voters to convert the superintendent position from an elected to an appointed one, but county counsel has said the board may not be legally able to order such an election. The board tabled a vote on a resolution to place such a measure on the ballot until Feb. 26, where they will review the legal opinion of Sacramento attorney Lance Olson.

Trustee Cynthia Ruehlig voted against hiring the attorney, saying she disagreed with the proposal to place a measure on the ballot because it would be too expensive and could politicize trustees' positions. Board President Ellen Elster was absent.




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