Two Fairland residents are seeking to be elected to the unexpired term of one seat on the Fairland Board of Trustees in the April 3 election.

Bill Lunsford Jr., who retired this year from the post of Fairland fire chief, was the first candidate to file for the position. Opposing him is Lynn Meek.

A native of Miami, Lunsford is a graduate of Commerce High School.

After high school he went to work as a mechanic. In 1967, he went to work for the City of Miami as a laborer.

Five years later, in 1972, Lunsford went to work for the State of Oklahoma. He was over the parks at Grand Lake for five years.

Then in 1977, Lunsford rejoined the City of Miami as its parks superintendent. Five years later, he became the city's director of parks and recreation. He retired from that post in 2002.

For the next nine years he worked as an Ottawa County road mechanic for Highway District 2. He retired from that post in July 2011.

Lunsford, who has lived in Fairland for 24 years, said he became a Fairland volunteer fireman for 2 ˝ years before being elevated to fire chief, which he served as for the past 16 years.

He said he is running for the seat on the Fairland Board of Trustees because he feels his experience in city and county government and with the Fairland Fire Department, and with how the town operates will make him a beneficial trustee.

“Also, I'm retired so would like to continue my civic duty,” Lunsford said. “As a retiree, if elected, there are a lot of small projects that need done in the town that I could do and save the town some money.”

Lunsford said he favors the Fairland Housing Authority's proposal to build a low income housing development in the town. “It is important we get low income housing for the town and its residents,” he said.

He added, “A project like that will help bring more industry and businesses here.”

The Miami News-Record was unable to contact Lynn Meek for an interview.