Burbank Police Lt. John Dilibert narrowly beat out a 23-year-old former parks commissioner Thursday night to become the city’s newest school board member.
Dilibert, 48, replaces Debbie Kutka, who vacated her seat on the board to become interim city treasurer.
His appointment during a late night special meeting Thursday isn’t his first. In 2006 and 2007, he sat on the school board on an interim basis when Paul Krekorian stepped down for a seat in the state Assembly — experience that helped him when the votes were cast.
“There’s a learning curve you have to have when you get on the board and John is the guy who stepped up when Mr. Krekorian left the board,” school board member Ted Bunch said.
Dilibert was appointed on a 3-1 vote, but only after school board president Larry Applebaum changed his initial vote for 23-year-old Steve Ferguson, who made a name for himself as being the youngest city commissioner, serving on the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board.