Candidates for the two seats open on Harford Community College's board should give their resumes to the Permanent Nominating Caucus as soon as possible. That's because the caucus only has until Aug. 1 to forward the names to Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
Chairman David J. Petr said the caucus is in a rush because the rules for picking trustees have changed.
"In the past, two trustees were appointed from the school board, but that's been eliminated," he said.
In May, the governor signed a bill that dropped members of the Harford County school board from the college board, said Del. Mary Louis Preis, a 34th District Democrat. She noted that the bill retained the two seats and the number of trustees at nine.
Mrs. Preis said the legislation was written by the county delegates, including herself, at the request of the college and the school board.
She said the school board members wanted to get off the college board because both jobs took so much time.
The most recent appointees were Keith Williams and Ronald Eaton; Mr. Eaton becomes president of the school board this month. Neither could be reached for comment.
Mrs. Preis said acting quickly was necessary.
"HCC is looking for a new college president, and the board of trustees makes that decision. It is so important to get those two empty seats filled," she said.
Next year, when a seat becomes vacant, the caucus will hold a candidates night so prospective trustees can answer questions from the public, he said. Caucus members, who can represent churches, PTAs and civic organizations, will vote on candidates.
The two candidates with the most votes and the next two will then be recommended to the governor.
But this year, the caucus doesn't have time for a candidates night, Mr. Petr said, so it will "hand the governor the names of all candidates and say, 'You pick 'em,' " he said.
For more information call 836-3407. Or submit a resume to: 1007 Oliver Circle, Bel Air, 21014.