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New leaders at helm of CCWD

A new general manager is on the job at the Calaveras County Water District and presided Tuesday over selection of a new president and vice president for the agency’s board of directors.

Mitch Dion, 53, most recently of Rincon del Diablo Water District in San Diego County, took on the role of guiding the meeting from outgoing president Director Don Stump, of Hathaway Pines. 


Dion called for the vote which chose Vice President Dennis Dooley, of Angels Camp, to accede to the top position for the upcoming year and Director Scott Ratterman, of San Andreas, to become vice president.

Dooley then presided during the remainder of Tuesday’s board meeting.

A native of the Sacramento area, Dion said he and wife, Peri, son Zach, 17, and daughter Caitlin, 14, have not yet found a permanent home but plan to settle in the Valley Springs area.

Financial stability of the district, said Dion, will be the top priority for the sixth general manager the district has had in the past decade.

“We need to develop the right programs and put them in place to be successful,” he said. “There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and really bring value to the water resources that are here in the county.”

CCWD Director of Support Services Lynn Gentry served as the interim general manager between Joone Lopez’s departure in June to take the helm at the Moulton Niguel Water District in Orange County and Dion’s first official day on the job, which was Monday, after his hiring was announced at the Nov. 14 board meeting.

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