MCSD selects James Biteman as new member

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McKINLEYVILLE — A retired business professor who has lived in McKinleyville for more than two decades will join the McKinleyville Community Service District Board of Directors.

James Biteman, who retired in 2014 after 23 years at Tulane University in New Orleans, was selected for an open seat by the MCSD Board of Trustees at its Oct. 5 meeting.

There were three open seats in the MCSD which would have been decided in an election on 8 November. However, only two starters, David Couch and Dennis Mayo, signed up before the deadline. Joellen Clark-Peterson has decided not to run again.

Last month, MCSD announced the vacancy and received letters of interest from Biteman, Kevin Jenkins and Tyson Sanchez.

Jenkins owns McKinleyville Ace Hardware and sits on the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Board. Sanchez grew up in McKinleyville, is a US Army veteran, and works in information technology.

“I’m really impressed with these three nominees,” said MCSD board member Dennis Mayo.

At the October 5 meeting, MCSD board members were given sheets of paper and asked to select their first, second, and third choices from the three nominees.

Biteman was the favorite candidate, followed by Jenkins, then Sanchez.

Sometime after the Nov. 8 election, the Supervisory Board will be asked to appoint Couch, Mayo and Biteman to the MCSD board. Their four-year terms begin in January. They will join board members Greg Orsini and Scott Binder.

According to Biteman’s Linkedin page, he also worked as a lecturer at Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt) and ran a consulting firm, Redwood Executive Training and Development, LLC, which has worked with “PVCG-China (a China-resident consulting firm) to provide senior management training and development for the Shanghai Metro system.”

In his application letter, Biteman wrote, “I believe in McKinleyville as a community. While I don’t expect my outlook to be new to the board, I would appreciate any opportunity to work and support community development. I hope to bring a sense of community that will complement the work of MCSD, as I have done in other communities – Troy and Saratoga Springs, New York, for example.

The MCSD oversees water, sewer, street lights, open space maintenance, parks and recreation in the unincorporated community.

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