Q The term of a trustee of our community college district expired on June 30th, and the appropriate county supervisor is not yet prepared to nominate a successor. Is this trustee position now vacant, or would the previous trustee hold over and continue to serve until a successor is appointed?

A We find no authority for a member of a community college board to “hold over” after his or her term has expired. The position in question becomes vacant upon the expiration of the term of the trustee and will remain vacant until a successor is appointed. The board of supervisors is required to appoint a successor within a reasonable time, and will be derelict in its duties if it refuses to do so. (Attorney General’s Opinion to McWilliams, June 26, 2019)