Keith Sutton is your newest Wake County school board member.
The school board moved so quickly through the interview process today that the vote wasn't held off until tomorrow. Board members tapped Sutton, legislative affairs program manager for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, for the District 4 vacancy in Southeast Raleigh.
Sutton will serve out Rosa Gill's term through November 2011. Whether he runs for a full four-year term remains to be seen.
Sutton gave high praise to the school district in his application for the vacancy. He called Wake "among the best in the nation."
Sutton noted in his application that while president of the Triangle Urban League he wrote a resolution in 2002 supporting the board's diversity policy.
"I still support the Board's socioeconomic diversity policy and feel that it is the bedrock of the system's success," Sutton wrote.
Sutton said his three strategies would be to employ quality teachers and staff, reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions and provide adequate resources. This includes giving taxing authority to the school board.
He had a reference letter from Harvey Schmitt, president of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Sutton beat out a field that included several retired educators.
Click here for the post that has the applications for Sutton and the other eight people.