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Ohlone trustee alters retirement

By Linh Tat, Staff writer

Friday, February 24, 2006—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area: The Argus.

Fremont—One day after announcing he would postpone his retirement until the fall, Ohlone College trustee Dan Archer changed his mind Thursday and said he would resign by June 30, the last day the board can call a special election for November.

Archer's latest decision comes less than 24 hours after he surprised the public at a board meeting when he said he no longer would retire at the end of May, as planned.

Archer, 87, announced two weeks ago that he planned to step down May 26, with 21/2 years left in his term.

But he changed his mind when he became aware through articles in The Argus that some trustees were considering keeping his seat vacant for more than five months until November, when the district would be required by law to hold a special election for a two-year term.

Not wanting to see a vacancy go on for that long, Archer announced Wednesday he would remain on the board until November. He assumed the board still could hold a special election for his seat then.

Not so.

State law requires the board to call a special election by June 30 for it to appear on the November ballot.

That means Archer also would have to submit his resignation by the end of June.

Once the law was clarified for Archer on Thursday, the 26-year Ohlone trustee promised he would resign in time for a November special election to be called, though he did not specify when his last day in office would be.

"It's definite that I will file formal resignation papers well in time … so my seat will be on the November ballot. I will file one as soon as possible," said Archer, who added he probably would submit his resignation next week. Because a board member may remain in office no more than 60 days after filing resignation papers with the county, formally declaring his resignation next week would force Archer to retire by the first week of May—sooner than his original plan to step down on May 26, the day after graduation.

Trustee Bill McMillin—one of four board members whose terms are up in November—said it is Archer's decision whether to resign next week, but he would rather see that occur in May or June.

"That way, he can serve through graduation, as he said before," McMillin said.

Board President Bob Brunton noted that nothing is official unless Archer formally submits his resignation.

"If he wants to resign, that's his decision. No one that I know of is asking him to leave," Brunton said.

But, he added, "I hope whatever he decides to do, that's what he does. We can't afford to keep having (plans change)."

A scheduled discussion about possible amendments to the number of trustees on the board and whether candidates should run for office at large or for specific seats was dropped Wednesday after Archer said he would not step down in May.

Trustees expect to have that conversation next month.

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