Bonnie Shea, director of the Bear Valley Community Service District, resigned on Aug. 12 from the board after nearly three years of service.
An official announcement was made at the September meeting of the board of directors.
The board also released a notice of vacancy for its five-member panel and announced that it will accept letters of interest from qualified residents of Bear Valley Springs to serve the remaining 14 months of of Shea's term, until December 2014.
Bear Valley Assistant General Manager Sandy Janzen said Shea stepped down due to medical issues and that as a director she was passionate about public safety.
"Bonnie always worked to find solutions no matter how challenging the issue and she worked to ensure a strong police department and gate for our community," Janzen said. "She will be greatly missed by staff for her care and compassion."
Before serving as a director, Shea served as a citizen volunteer. She also spent hours of her time on the communications, adminstration and public safety committees, attending safety and liability training.
Janzen said Shea was concerned with keeping costs down through compliance with Cal OSHA.
In her resignation letter to BVS General Manager Jeff Hodges, Shea said she was impressed by the team that had been assembled to conduct the business of the CSD and that the board's professionalism had shown through in all the interactions of he board.
The void left by Shea will appear on the General Election ballot in November 2014. In the meantime, the remaining members of the board of directors will consider letters of interest at their regular board meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the district office, 28999 South Lower Valley Rd.
Letters should be received prior to the meeting but will be accepted up to the time of the meeting.
Janzen said the only requirements for a new director is that they live in Bear Valley and are a registered voter.
"They [the board] will more than likely be looking for someone they believe will work effectively as a team player with vision for Bear Valley's future," she said.
If directors cannot agree on a selection of a new director within 60 days, filling the vacancy will fall to the Kern County Board of Supervisors.