Veteran public official and community activist Rob Kerth has been appointed to fill the vacancy in Ward 5 of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.
SMUD’s board of directors named Kerth to fill the vacancy in left open by Michael Picker, who recently resigned to accept Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment to the California Public Utilities Commission.
Kerth served as SMUD’s Ward 5 director from 2009 to 2012, leaving the board to run for a seat on the Sacramento City Council. He will serve out the remainder of the Ward 5 term that runs through Dec. 31 and will be eligible to stand for election to a full term in November this year.
SMUD’s Ward 5 includes midtown, downtown, North Sacramento, Natomas, Rio Linda and Elverta.
Kerth is a third-generation Sacramentan and former two-term Sacramento city councilman. His past activities have included working for or with the Midtown Business Association, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.