CERRITOS — Joseph Stits, a high school principal and Bellflower planning commissioner, was chosen over eight candidates last week to fill the Cerritos Community College term of outgoing Trustee Robert D. Epple.
Stits, 51 and principal of Somerset Continuation High School, won appointment on a 5-1 trustee vote. Trustee Ruth Banda, also of Bellflower, cast the dissenting ballot. Stits will serve at least until next November, when his seat and three others go up for election.
Epple resigned last fall upon his election to the Legislature.
"I have something to offer in regards that my background has been so varied," Stits said of his appointment.
Because he is a professional educator whose wife, Darla, works part-time as a graphics designer for the college, Stits said he had worried that the trustees might see him as having "a couple of liabilities."
Stits has worked in the Bellflower Unified School District for the past 25 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator, and has more than 20 years of professional and community service in the area.