Howard Kerr also served on the San Leandro
City Council.

Howard Kerr announces retirement after 29 years

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Howard Kerr, the current longest-serving member of the Oro Loma Sanitary District is retiring after nearly three decades on the Southern Alameda County waste water board. He announced his retirement during a board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Kerr, who first joined the board in 1986, is the third long-entrenched member of the sanitary district to retire in the past year. He also served as a San Leandro councilmember in the 1980s.

Earlier this year, another long-serving member of the board, Laython Landis, chose to retire rather than face mounting calls for his resignation. Landis used the n-word during a committee meeting in December 2014 and was later censured by the board.

The year prior, Frank Sidari, citing health problems, did not seek re-election to his seat on the five-member elected board that serves sewage treatment and recycling services for over 135,000 residents, mostly in unincorporated Alameda County and portions of San Leandro and Hayward.

Once known for being one of the oldest group of elected leaders on any one board in the entire East Bay–a majority were in their 80s and all male–is continuing its rapid transformation with Kerr’s retirement. Last November, former San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young became the first female member in the district 100 year-plus history.

Similar to the appointment process that followed Landis’s retirement last March leading to the selection of Dan Walters as his replacement, a search for a new member will likely follow in the coming months. However, there is no timetable offered yet for Kerr’s replacement.