KENSINGTON -- The panel that oversees this unincorporated community's police department, garbage collection and other services has chosen an attorney with government experience to fill a board vacancy.
Len Welsh, head of workplace safety for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, will take the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District board seat opened when Mari Metcalf resigned in December.
Welsh was chosen by the board's four members from a group of three candidates interviewed at a special meeting Wednesday evening, according to board President Tony Lloyd.
Board members were impressed especially with Welsh's background in labor and contract negotiations, Lloyd said.
The board will be negotiating with Bay View Refuse and Recycling over a new garbage contract and with the police over a new labor agreement, he said.
"His learning curve may be a lot quicker with his experience in government," Lloyd said. "He brings a balance of the regulatory environment, a legal background and (experience with) large business operations."
Welsh will complete the final two years of Metcalf's term.
The board was deadlocked 2-2 through three votes between Welsh and a second candidate, Becky Stephens, before member Chuck Toombs agreed to change his vote to break the tie, Lloyd said.
Stephens, noted for her involvement with schools and the community, had strong support from younger residents, Lloyd said.
"It was a very tough decision," he said. "The finalists were excellent candidates."
Kim Zvik, who ran unsuccessfully for the board last fall, was the third candidate to be interviewed.