RANCHO SANTA FE — Eamon Callahan has been chosen to fill a vacancy on the Association board at its Sept. 15 meeting. The vacancy was created by Jack Dorsee who resigned in July.
Callahan, who has been a resident of Rancho Santa Fe for 17 years is retiring from a career in engineering and is ready to jump right into helping run the Ranch.
“I want to stay busy,” he said.
Callahan acknowledges there is a learning curve involved in stepping onto the board mid-term.
“Typically, anything like this, I like to give it a little time to learn how the board works and about their problems.” he said. “Since the board is a team, I don’t want to come across as the new firebrand.”
He has a few ideas, like making Rancho Santa Fe more business friendly. He said he has a few other ideas he is not yet ready to make public.
“I think the Ranch is a great place to live and it has come a long way. We don’t have the problems we had a few years ago,” he said.
At the meeting, Pete Smith, Association manger said appointing a new director was new to them.
“This is new ground for us. We have not been down this path,” he said.
He said there were six very qualified individuals to applied for the vacancy, but only one could be chosen.
“We were so pleased with the results of six outstanding candidates,” said Director Jack Queen. “Where have these people been when we try to get people to run for the board? We enjoyed interviewing them.”
Callahan was chosen by secret ballot by the sitting board members.
The board is required to appoint a new director to fill any vacancy. Under the provisions of the bylaws, the Association board conducts an election between the candidates that have submitted their names for consideration.
At the meeting the candidates were given to the board in alphabetical order. The secret ballots were collected and tallied by Smith and Chief Financial Officer Steve Comstock.
Queen said he hopes those not chosen would stay involved in the community.
Callahan will fill out the remainder of Dorsee’s term, which ends June 2013. Dorsee said the reason for his resignation is that he did not realize how much board business would conflict with his own business and did not have time for both.
Smith used the opportunity to report that the Association is still looking for members of the Art Jury.
Anyone interested in serving on the Art Jury should contact the Association office at (858) 756-1174.a