The Frederick County Council interviewed six finalists for the open Board of Education position Friday afternoon.
The six finalists were Tracy Dunheimer, Rae Gallagher, Susan Johnson, April Miller, Ron Peppe and Caleb Rose, according to a press release.
Miller and Peppe are the only two candidates who are former board members. Miller served from 2010 to 2018, and Peppe served from 1997 to 2004.
The selected candidate will fill a vacancy left by current board member Joy Schaefer.
Although her current term doesn’t end until December 2020, Schaefer is resigning in order to step into her new role as the county’s director of government affairs and public policy.
The council will hold a public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to hear feedback from the community on the six finalists.
The council is expected to whittle down the list to three candidates that night, which will then be submitted to County Executive Jan Gardner.
Gardner will then submit one name back to the council for confirmation.
The selected applicant will fill the unexpired term until it ends in December 2020.
The interviews of the six applicants will be broadcast on cable channels and Frederick County Government television at various times until Tuesday. To watch the interviews online, go to www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/BOEvacancy.