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Just five apply to become City Section commissioner

February 19, 2013 | 10:47 am

Despite a salary range between $120,000 and $140,000, there are only five applicants for the position of City Section commissioner after the position closed on Friday.

That might be an indication of how tough the job will be following the retirement of Barbara Fiege in late June.

The City Section is breaking away from being financed and run by the Los Angeles Unified School District on July 1. The new commissioner will have to create and run a new section that draws its funds from school dues, sponsorships and running the City Section playoffs.

Also, there wasn't expected to be many applicants from LAUSD, because there's the possibility of losing lifetime health benefits when moving to the City Section position.

When the Southern Section commissioner position opened two years ago, there were more than 25 applicants.

Fiege declined to reveal the names of any applicants, but assistant City Section commissioner John Aguirre was expected to apply.

The Executive Committee of the Interscholastic Athletic Committee will be responsible for hiring the new commissioner. An announcement is scheduled for next month.

-- Eric Sondheimer