OAKLAND -- Determined not to let Alameda County supervisors fill a BART board vacancy, the transit agency's directors agreed Thursday to seek applications for an appointment they hope never to make.
BART board members said they want to leave the vacancy open until Nov. 6 when voters will elect a person to represent Ward 3 in parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
Bob Franklin of Oakland on June 21 resigned the Ward 3 seat, which represents Moraga, Orinda, Piedmont and San Lorenzo, and parts of Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington and Albany.
A wild card in board replacement rules troubles BART directors. If the board doesn't pick Franklin's successor by Aug. 20, then Alameda County supervisors can step in to make the appointment by Sept. 19.
While some Alameda County supervisors say they have no interest in making the appointment, they made no promises, BART officials said.
Nate Miley, chairman of the board of supervisors, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
To make sure outsiders don't make the pick, BART directors agreed Thursday to meet legal deadlines to advertise that candidates could file applications with the office of the district secretary until 5 p.m. Aug. 10.
BART Director Joel Keller of Brentwood said the board could abandon the appointment process if Alameda County supervisors pledge to stay out.
"I can't imagine they (county supervisors) would want to go through the whole
The candidates for an appointment must live within the old boundaries of Franklin's Ward 3, but candidates for he November election must live in the new boundaries set during reapportionment earlier this year.
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