MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa Community College District seeks applications from prospective board members interested in representing Ward III, which includes Pleasant Hill, Concord, Pacheco and most of Martinez, following the Aug. 31 death of longtime Ward III trustee Sheila Grilli.

Applicants must be residents of Ward III, have knowledge of the college district's communities and be committed to community colleges and their missions, among other requirements.

The district board on Sept. 13 voted to fill Grilli's spot by appointment instead of the more costly option of holding a special election. A special board meeting will be held Oct. 2 to review all applications and determine which applicants to interview; another special meeting is planned for Oct. 8 for interviews and selection of the new trustee.

The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23. For more information, and for the application form, go to www.4cd.edu.