A board member in Columbia's Wilde Lake village was ousted from office last month, and the board is now accepting applications to fill the vacant seat, village officials said yesterday.
Kwabena Sabby, a board member who had been inexplicably absent from six consecutive meetings, was voted out of the office he had held since May, said Bernice Kish, village manager.
Sabby failed to notify the five-member board of his whereabouts, did not return repeated phone calls and has yet to contact the board, Kish said.
"I am sure there were personal emergencies that explain this, but we don't know the details," Kish said.
Village bylaws authorize board members to remove from office members who fail to attend six or more meetings, she said.
Vice Chairman Dave Gardner said the board acted "with great reluctance."
"Our action had absolutely nothing to do with the quality of his service," he said. "We simply felt we had to get on with the business of the board."
Sabby holds a master's degree in public policy and has lived in several countries, Kish said. He could not be reached for comment.
The vacant board seat will be filled by vote of village officials before the end of the year, and the new member will begin serving Jan. 1, Kish said.
Members serve one-year terms and are required to attend meetings held every other week and serve on at least one subcommittee, Kish said. The new member will complete Sabby's term -- which ends in April -- and face election alongside other members, she said.
Applications are available at Slayton House at the Wilde Lake Village Center. They will be accepted through Dec. 9. Interviews are to be completed by Dec. 16.
Pub Date: 12/04/96