Devin Wala will replace Payson Unified School District Board member Barbara Shepherd, the Roundup has learned.
Gila County Superintendent of Schools Linda O'Dell chose Wala out of nine candidates to fill the vacancy left by Shepherd when she resigned to move to the Valley, district officials confirmed Tuesday.
Wala ran in the election in November, but failed to win, coming in eighth out of nine candidates.
O'Dell will make an official announcement on Wednesday.
Read more in Friday's Roundup.