The Contra Costa Community College District (District) sadly announces the passing of Governing Board (Board) member John T. Nejedly this past weekend. Mr. Nejedly represented Ward 4 which includes Blackhawk, Byron, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, San Ramon, and parts of Alamo, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, and Concord.
“Our prayers and sympathies are with the Nejedly family and friends,” says Board President Vicki Gordon. “Mr. Nejedly’s long tenure on the Board demonstrated his support of the community college mission. He will be missed.”
Mr. Nejedly was first elected to the Board in 1994, and was serving his sixth consecutive term of office. He is only the fourth member to represent this area since the District was created in 1948.
“We are saddened and shocked by his passing and will miss his consistent, rational approach to issues facing the District. The success of our students was his top priority,” Chancellor Helen Benjamin said.
After graduating from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, with a degree in Construction Management, Mr. Nejedly completed his education at John F. Kennedy University School of Law, where he received his law degree. In addition to being a member of the California State Bar, he was a California licensed Real Estate Broker and licensed General Engineering Contractor.
The oldest son of the late State Senator John A. Nejedly, he was the brother of County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board Member James Nejedly.
He first ran for public office, in 1992, but unsuccessfully for the Danville Town Council. He also ran for County Assessor in 2010, losing to incumbent Gus Kramer.
“Trustee Nejedly was the only Board member who worked on the passage of all three District bond campaigns, Measures A 2002 and 2006, and Measure E 2014,” said Board member John Márquez who has served on the Board with Mr. Nejedly for six years. “His construction knowledge and experience provided a sound and critical voice as we modernized our campus facilities to improve the learning environment for students.”
He grew up part of his life in Walnut Creek and was a resident of San Ramon. Mr. Nejedly and his wife have three children and enjoyed spending time in the mountains and playing golf.