By SUNNY LOCKWOOD
After more than three months without a permanent general manager, Calaveras County Water District's Board of Directors is preparing to interview four finalists for the job.
Interviews are scheduled for May 1, the next regular CCWD board meeting, but will be held in closed session, said Linda Bonnell, the district's human resource officer.
Bonnell said her office received 40 applications for the position.
"The board has reviewed the applications and will interview four candidates May 1," she said. "If there is a clear number-one candidate out of that interview process, I'd expect them to make a decision."
Bonnell said if the board chooses a general manager May 1, her office would conduct a background check before the individual would be hired.
"It takes about two weeks to do a full background check," she said, "including interviewing references and other contacts."
Bonnell said the board was seeking someone with good community relations skills as well as the obvious technical know-how to manage CCWD with its four water improvement districts, six sewer improvement districts, five water treatment plants, 12 wastewater treatment plants, 58 employees and 10,275 customers.
As described in the recruiting brochure, the position offers employer-paid life and disability, medical, dental and vision insurance, a pension plan, 13 holidays, from 22 to 32 days personal time off, and one week of management leave.
Although the last full-time general manager earned a yearly salary of $96,000 plus benefits, Bonnell said, the board is not posting a salary amount during this search.
"They're going to base the salary on experience," she said.
Simon Granville left the general manager's position with CCWD Jan. 15, and since then has threatened legal action against the district alleging personal injury and breach of contract.