COOS BAY -- Southwestern Oregon Community College's board has filled a seat left vacant by a recent resignation.

On Monday night, the board appointed former state Sen. and Rep. Kenneth Messerle to fill the seat left vacant by Rick Howell's resignation, which goes into effect May 31. Messerle will serve until the term expires on June 30, 2015.

Three candidates had filed for the seat, including Jean Adamson, of Coos Bay. Danny Stoddard, of Coos Bay, withdrew his application at the last minute.

Messerle served in the state house from 1996 to 2000 and in the state senate from 2000 to 2004. He held positions in the state's Ways and Means committees, including education, transportation, human services and natural resources.

He's a retired banking executive, having worked as the director of Security Bank and Umpqua Bank.

He has also served on numerous boards throughout the South Coast. He previously sat on the Coquille school board, Oregon State University Agriculture Research Foundation board, Coos County Planning Commission, and Port of Bandon Commission.

Messerle is an alumnus of Marshfield High in 1958, Oregon State University in 1962 and Oregon Bank Directors College at Willamette University in 1995.

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