ANTIOCH -- Civic-minded East Contra Costa residents, especially those with an interest in local transit issues, are encouraged to apply for a new vacancy on Tri Delta Transit's board of directors.

The member-at-large position opened earlier this week when longtime board member Joseph Tovar resigned following Wednesday's meeting.

Tovar, 86, of Oakley, served in that position for 25 years.

"It was a very hard decision and hard to give up, I was lucky to work with a lot of good people," Tovar said, noting that his hearing has gone some, which can make it difficult at times.

Tovar also said that as he's gotten older, he's realizing that he wants to scale back on some of his volunteer efforts to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

Applicants for the vacancy must be at least 18 years old, a resident in Tri Delta's service area, knowledgeable about the regional, and familiar with or use Tri Delta services. They also must be able to attend monthly board meetings at 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Those interested must turn in a completed application by Nov. 27. The board plans to select for the position at its Dec. 18 board meeting. The term will be up in Dec. 2014, though that candidate would be able to seek reappointment for a full two-year term.

For more information, visit http://www.trideltatransit.com or call 925-754-6622.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.