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Madden resigns from YC Board

PRESCOTT – The resignation Thursday of Yavapai College Governing Board Secretary Paul Madden will force the county superintendent of schools to select a third member to the five-member board this year.

Madden, who has been on the board for the past three years, announced Thursday that he would resign because of health reasons.

County Superintendent of Schools Tim Carter appointed Ray Sigafoos to the board this past December to replace Ed Harris, the longtime board member who died in October. Former County Supt. Paul Street appointed Patrica McCarver in March 2005 to replace Jim Holt, who resigned from the board in August 2004.

The term for which voters elected Madden ends Dec. 31, 2008, and law requires Carter, as County Superintendent of Schools, to appoint someone to fill that position until the end of the term.

In his resignation letter, Madden wrote, “When I ran for this seat on the Governing Board, I described Yavapai College as the crown jewel of Yavapai County. My service has convinced me that I was correct.”

Voters elected him in 2002 to represent District 2, which covers an area including Prescott Valley, Cherry, Dewey-Humboldt and Potato Patch.

“His experience, wisdom and hard work will be sorely missed,” said Board Chairman Herald Harrington.

“What a loss for our county and college,” said Board Spokesperson Donna Michaels. She added that despite the “sad news” of his need, for health reasons, to leave the board, he must feel gratified in all he’s done for the college.

“I’m pretty impressed with the fact that he did so much in his tenure,” she said.

A press release from Yavapai College states that during his time on the board, Madden chaired the Prescott pool advisory committee, helped establish the college’s relationship with Northern Arizona University and chaired the most recent presidential selection committee.

“I am proud of the opportunity afforded to me by the citizens of District 2 to serve as their representative on the board,” Madden wrote.

Although Michaels said the loss of a highly effective member is something a Governing Board should concern itself with, she said she is “very optimistic that (Carter) will engage in a process that will assure us of the best candidate possible” to fill Madden’s vacancy.

“We have to be ready for change whenever and wherever it occurs,” she said.

During board meetings the past several months, Madden has said he may resign for health reasons.

When the board completed the first reading of its new e-mail policy, which adheres to the state’s Open Meeting Law, he said he’d consider resigning if after attorney Lynne Adams made changes to the policy, it still seemed so complicated that he’d be risking his reputation and money by being a member of the board.

While Michaels pointed out that the new board member probably will receive lots of support from his or her fellow board members, she said, “It’s a weighty responsibility. It should not be taken lightly.”

Harrington said, “We regret Paul’s resignation. He has been a much valued member of the board.”

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