An open seat on the West Side Community Healthcare District, which oversees operation of the West Side Community Ambulance, had drawn no letters of interest from candidates interested in appointment to the position as of Monday.

The district is seeking applicants for appointment to the vacant Zone 1 seat on its board of directors.

The zone encompasses portions of the northern, western and southern edges of the city of Newman west of Highway 33 as well as the Stanislaus County area of the healthcare district west of the city and Highway 33.

Dennis Brazil, board president, encouraged prospective candidates to apply.

β€œI think it is very important. I am really hoping that somebody in that zone recognizes the value of sitting on the board and steps up and wants to be a part of this,” Brazil commented. β€œIt would be nice to be back to five board members. We can do it (with four board members), but it would sure be nice to have somebody fill that spot.”

Letters expressing interest and describing qualifications will be accepted through Jan. 21. The board will consider making an appointment at its Jan. 26 meeting.

In the event that no candidates step forward and no appointment is made, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors will have an additional 30 days to appoint a director to the seat. If that does not occur, the seat will remain vacant.

Qualified candidates must be registered voters who reside within the zone. A zone map is available on the district website.

The board typically meets once a month. Directors receive a monthly stipend of $100.

Letters of interest/qualifications may be mailed to the district at: 990 Tulare St., Ste. C, Newman 95360. Call 862-2951 for additional information.