Oakley's city council has appointed three new faces to far East County's fire district board.
Oakley residents Kevin Bouillon, Ronald Johansen and Jonathan Michaelson will replace council members Pat Anderson, Jim Frazier and Mayor Kevin Romick to represent the city on East Contra Costa Fire District's board of directors.
The nine-person board also includes four directors from Brentwood and two from some of the unincorporated communities the agency serves.
Bouillon and Johansen will take over from Anderson and Frazier on Oct. 1; Michaelson is to replace Romick on April 1. They all will serve two-year terms.
Although the county Board of Supervisors originally ran the fire district, the balance of power shifted when the county, Oakley and Brentwood -- the two cities in the fire district -- agreed in 2009 to more local control.
The city councils appointed some of their own members to represent them on the nine-person fire board while county supervisors named two people from the fire district's unincorporated areas.
But even back then the long-range goal was to have residents directly elect those on the fire board.
Directors decided after a proposed parcel tax failed in June that the financially strapped district couldn't afford the cost of an election, however, so those from Oakley and Brentwood asked their respective city councils to solicit replacements for them instead.
All three of the applicants Oakley
Johansen teaches fire and emergency medical services technologies at Las Positas College in Livermore and has worked in fire protection for 37 years.
Bouillon is a fire captain at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield and has 26 years' experience in firefighting, much of it in management roles.
And Michaelson, who brings 25 years' experience to the board, is a firefighter and paramedic for the San Ramon Valley Fire District.
He also trains and supervises first-aid personnel at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, and runs a business offering classes and certificates in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Brentwood's city council plans to interview applicants in mid-November; the two or three it chooses will take their seats early next year.
Contact Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141. Follow her at Twitter.com/RowenaCoetsee.