Pat Howard will return on an interim basis to the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) board to fill the vacancy created by the death of Madelyne “Maddi“ Misheloff.

Misheloff died of cancer on April 11, after serving on the board since her appointment in October 2015 and subsequent election to the office in 2016.

Howard, a retired former Lockheed Martin Space Systems engineer, originally left the board in 2018 after 14 years and will now serve for the next six months.

Misheloff and Howard worked through the Valley Water Roundtable, which has staff and elected members from Zone 7 and the water retailers— DSRSD, Livermore and Pleasanton — to establish potable reuse as a high-priority interest option, said Howard.

Howard lives in Dublin’s Division 3, which, along with Divisions 1 and 5, will have area elections this fall. Divisions 2 and 4 will choose new directors in 2022. Meanwhile, directors in those even-numbered divisions will continue to represent all of DSRSD territory as at-large directors.

The board voted to change to divisions last year, after a demand letter from a Walnut Creek attorney, under authorization of the California Voting Rights Act.

The board drew a map, but had to base it on residents counted in the 2010 census. The edges of the district lines will be redrawn in 2022, with data made official from the 2020 census. Much of Dougherty Valley and East Dublin had not been developed in 2010. Sue Stephenson, DSRSD media inquires spokeswoman, spoke on the need to redraw the division borders.