OAKLEY -- City Council members appointed two Oakley residents this week to the board of the local fire district.

After reviewing the résumés of four applicants, the council unanimously agreed to reappoint Ron Johansen to represent the city as a director of the East Contra Costa Fire District.

Johansen, a firefighter who has sat on the nine-member board for nearly two years, is serving a term set to expire Oct. 31.

Council members also accepted Mayor Randy Pope's offer to fill the second seat on the board, which has been open since former member Kevin Bouillon stepped down Aug. 5 because he's moving out of the area.

Pope, a police sergeant, said Wednesday that he thinks his experience in public safety will come in handy while serving with the fire district.

Noting that Brentwood's council also appointed its mayor to the fire board, Councilman Kevin Romick thought that having Pope at the meetings would ensure a direct line of communication between the city and fire district.

Romick also said following the meeting that the City Council would have more say in fire board decisions because Pope could solicit other council members' opinions on how he should handle fire district matters.

But that doesn't mean he thinks East Contra Costa Fire District's director seats should remain appointed positions as they have been since February 2010.

Romick said he would prefer to see constituents choose their own representatives, but emphasized that setting up an elected board is a decision the fire board -- not the city of Oakley -- must make.


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