At its meeting tonight, the San Diego County Board of Education appointed Encinitas resident Rick Shea as the board representative for District 5, which runs along the coast from Del Mar to Camp Pendleton and includes some inland North County areas.
Shea has lived in District 5 for more than 40 years and has dedicated his career to helping students succeed. Prior to retiring as the special assistant to the county superintendent/administrative services officer for the San Diego County Office of Education, Shea served as a classroom teacher and head teacher for the Juvenile Court Schools and as a juvenile probation officer. Shea has also served as mayor and a city council member of Encinitas, a board member of the Encinitas Fire Protection District, San Dieguito Water District, Cardiff by the Sea Sanitation District, and North County Transit District.
Shea was chosen from a pool of 15 candidates. Each candidate was asked a series of interview questions by the three sitting board members. At the conclusion of the initial interviews, each board member nominated a candidate to go to a final interview. Second-round candidates also included Comischell Bradley-Rodriguez and Miles Durfee, both from San Diego.
Shea was appointed by a unanimous vote and was immediately sworn into office by County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Ward.
"My desire to serve on the County Board is a continuation of the 30-plus years I have dedicated to public service, education, and to the children of San Diego County," said Shea.
Shea's first full meeting as a County Board of Education member will be on Aug. 12, when he will help select the appointee for the board's District 2 seat, which is currently vacant. Shea will hold office until Jan. 2017. A successor will be elected in 2016 to complete the term ending Jan. 2019.
"The board is pleased to have received such a large number of applications for the District 5 seat," said County Board of Education President Dr. Gregg Robinson. "Mr. Shea comes to us ready to do the job."
Pictured above (from left): County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randolph Ward, Board President Dr. Gregg Robinson, and board members Alicia Muñoz, Rick Shea, and Mark Anderson.