Controversy has swirled around the candidate-selection process. Although a committee was appointed to select top candidates, the board of trustees decided to interview an extra three candidates whom the search committee had disqualified. The remaining finalists are Martinez, a former president of Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, and Perez, vice president of student services at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Daniel Castro, one of three finalists for the vacant position of president of Rio Hondo College, has dropped out, officials said Monday. That means only two of the top candidates – Ted Martinez Jr. and Monte Perez – will participate in an open forum from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road. Residents, students and faculty will get a chance to meet them and ask questions. “Nothing’s going to change,” said Maria Elena Martinez, president of the Rio Hondo College board of trustees. “The process will continue. We still want to see if we have a candidate for president between these two finalists, and that’s that.” College officials said they were unaware of Castro’s reasons for withdrawing for consideration for the job. But Jim Newman, president of the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association, called Castro an “extremely controversial candidate.” Castro is married to Pasadena City College board President Consuelo Rey Castro, who was quoted in a Whittier Daily News story that ran Sunday about the sometimes controversial process of finding a president, specifically at Rio Hondo and PCC. During the interview, Consuelo Rey Castro failed to disclose her husband was one of the Rio Hondo president finalists. Daniel Castro most recently served as Riverside City College president.