Published Aug. 4, 2014
By Ty Beaver, Tri-City Herald
Gov. Jay Inslee filled the months-long vacancy on Columbia
Basin College's board on Monday. And it was empty again before the end
of the day.
Candelaria "Candy" Mendoza, a Mid-Columbia Libraries
administrator and vice president of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce, was appointed to the seat vacated in October by former board
member Enriqueta Mayuga.
Within hours, Mendoza informed CBC and
the governor's office she couldn't accept. She recently took a job with
the San Antonio Public Library system in Texas.
"This is definitely one of the bum parts about leaving," she told the Herald. "It would have been awesome to be on that board."
is the community engagement director at Mid-Columbia Libraries, which
has her working on partnerships with groups outside the library as well
as outreach and other library initiatives.
She's been with the
library district for eight years after graduating with her master's
degree from San Jose State University. She was an intern in CBC's
library while she was finishing her education.
"We were well aware
of her application (to the board) and were in full support," said Davin
Diaz, the library district's spokesman.
Mendoza's appointment would have given the college's five-seat board full membership for the first time in more than a year.
board has had four members since Sal Mendoza Jr. stepped down in spring
2013 when he became a Benton-Franklin Superior Court judge. He has
since been named a U.S. District Court judge.
Candy Mendoza and Sal Mendoza are not related.
replacement on the board, Bill Gordon of Pasco, was named last fall,
but then Mayuga stepped down. She had been on the board since 2004 and
delayed her departure so that the board wouldn't be left with just three
Before Candy Mendoza declined her board appointment,
college officials said they were pleased to have her. CBC President Rich
Cummins noted that she would have joined in time to attend the board's
annual planning retreat later this month, giving her an opportunity to
have an immediate affect on college policy and initiatives. But there
were no hard feelings.
"I am extremely happy for her and wish her the best at her new job in Texas," Cummins said.
governor's office told the Herald there would be news of a new
appointee but did not say how long it would take to find a new board
Diaz said Mendoza would have been a great asset for CBC.
think it's a testament of the (library) system and professional
development of our employees," he said. "All of us were lucky enough to
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