The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors appointed Elizabeth Echols to serve the remaining year of long-time Board Director Whitney Dotson’s four-year term.

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Elizabeth Echols

Dotson announced his retirement last December after 11 years representing parks in the Berkeley and Richmond-centered region. Earlier this week, Dotson passed away.

Twelve applicants vied to replace Dotson. Echols will be sworn-in on Jan. 21.

The Ward 1 seat is up for election next November.

In 2014, Echols nearly won a seat in the Richmond and Berkeley 15th Assembly District. She bested a primary field of eight candidates, but lost the general election to Tony Thurmond.

Then-Gov. Jerry Brown named Echols as director of the independent Public Advocates Office at the California Public Utilities Commission in 2017.