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Cool, Redfern reappointed to Measure H oversight panel
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Don Cool and Paula Redfern were reappointed to the Measure H Oversight Committee last week by the Ceres City Council.

Measure H was passed in 2007 to raised sales tax in Ceres by a half-cent to fund public safety. The measure called for a citizen oversight committee to make recommendations on where to spend the funds.

The terms of both Cool and Redfern were set to expire on June 30 but both expressed an interest in continuing to serve. Both have only served a single full three-year term.

City Manager Toby Wells said past practice is to open the process up to the public with council making the decision. Wells said the council had the option of automatically reappointing them or solicit applications from the community and consider other candidates. The council decided not to advertise for additional applicants opted to reappoint the two and change the rules for filling vacancies by striking the term "shall" solicit applications from interested citizens and replace it with "may."

The measure ordinance spells out that no person may serve more than two consecutive three-year terms.

The remaining members of the Measure H Oversight Committee are Leonard Shepherd, Diego Fernandez and Rafael Valencia.