KENSINGTON -- The board that controls this unincorporated community's police services is taking applications to finish out the final two years of resigned board member Mari Metcalf's term.

Metcalf left the Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District board Dec. 13 after key ally Cathie Kosel lost her bid for re-election Nov. 6, citing irreconcilable differences with other board members over police department management, the conduct of board meetings, legal issues the district is facing and other matters.

Board President Tony Lloyd said candidates should submit a letter outlining their qualifications by Jan. 17.

The four current board members -- Lloyd, Chuck Toombs, Pat Gillette and Linda Lipscomb -- will then interview finalists at a special meeting to be held between Jan. 17 and Feb. 10.

Each board member will be allowed to ask each candidate two questions that will be cleared in advance by the entire board. The candidates will be given the list of questions ahead of time, Lloyd said.

"We won't be discussing anything that will compromise our litigation, but I hope it will be an open and honest exchange," he said.

The board will pick a winner either at the interview meeting or shortly thereafter.

"We're looking for someone who is sympathetic to being part of a team effort about how you solve an issue," Lloyd said. "However, we're not just looking for someone who is going along with the group, but someone who will stand up for themselves."

Lloyd said four community members have expressed an interest in being candidates and several more are considering it.

Interested candidates should submit letters to General Manager/Chief of Police Gregory E. Harman, Kensington Police Protection and Community Services District, 217 Arlington Ave., Kensington, CA.

For further information, call Chief Harman at 510-526-4141.