Palomar is seeking to immediately fill five vacancies on the ICOC

SAN MARCOS (May 31, 2017) — Palomar College is seeking to fill five vacancies on the Proposition M Bond Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC).  These are appointed positions which require an application, and approval by the Palomar College Governing Board.  The following positions are available:  a member active in a business organization representing the business community located in the District; a member representing the community at-large; a member active in a senior citizens’ organization; a member active in a bona-fide taxpayers association; and a member active in a support organization for Palomar College, such as foundation or advisory council.

The ICOC oversees how the college expends Proposition M, the facilities bond measure voters approved in November 2006.  The committee is responsible for ensuring that bond proceeds are expended only for the purposes described in the Proposition M ballot measure.

Individuals interested in this appointed position can obtain an application on Palomar’s website at or by calling Shawna Cohen in Employment Services at; her phone number is 760-744-1150, extension 2608.  Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and must reside within the Palomar Community College District, which stretches from Camp Pendleton and part of Oceanside in the west, to Borrego Springs in the east, and from the Riverside County line to Poway and Rancho Penasquitos.

State law requires that the ICOC membership include at least one (enrolled) student who is active in a community college support group, such as student government; one member active in a business organization representing the business community; one member active in a senior citizens’ organization; one member active in a taxpayers’ association; one member active in a support organization for Palomar College, such as the Palomar College Foundation and President’s Associates; and two members of the community.

A majority of the members must possess expertise in one or more of the following areas: large-scale construction operations, municipal/public finance, expertise with agency/entity budgeting, and project management. The committee may not include any employee or official of the district, or any vendor, contractor or consultant of the district.

Under the ICOC bylaws approved by the Governing Board in September 2008, terms of service are generally two years, with a maximum of two terms. ICOC members are not compensated. The college anticipates that the ICOC will meet quarterly.

The ICOC bylaws stipulate the group will receive and review the district’s annual independent performance audit and annual independent financial audit; inspect college facilities and grounds for which bond proceeds have been or will be expended; review district efforts to maximize bond proceeds; inform the public and Governing Board about the district’s bond expenditures; present an annual written report to the Board; and provide other input.

The Proposition M measure allows Palomar to carry out its Facilities Master Plan. A 15-year building and re-building program it approximately three-quarters complete for Palomar’s San Marcos campus; in addition, land has been purchased for a center in the Fallbrook and in the southern part of the District (both sites are scheduled to open in summer 2018).


Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office
760-744-1150, ext. 2152