The Alamo Colleges District board voted Tuesday night to accept the resignation of veteran trustee Denver McClendon, who announced this month that he would step down from his seat, effective Aug. 1.
Trustees approved McClendon’s resignation and voted to fill his seat by appointment. McClendon’s replacement is expected to take his or her seat in September after applications and interviews take place in August, board Chair Marcelo Casillas has said.
McClendon’s replacement will serve until May 2020, when voters will decide who will fill the remainder of the District 2 term, through May 2022.
McClendon served for 16 years, representing District 2, an area that abuts the East Side of downtown and extends south and east past Loop 1604.
Quoting Kenny Rogers’ song “The Gambler” – “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” – McClendon said Tuesday night that it was time to “fold ’em” and step down from the board.
McClendon told the Rivard Report that now felt like the right time to let someone else take his seat.
Trustees gave McClendon a standing ovation Tuesday night, recognizing years of service that saw two successful bonds – $450 million each in 2005 and 2017 – and the construction of the new district headquarters.