CCWD urged to postpone GM hire

By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

Five people, including two candidates competing against each other in this fall's election, asked the Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors at its Tuesday meeting to delay hiring a new general manager until after the Nov. 4 general election.

Four of the district's five director seats are up for election.

Dennis Mills - who is running against Russ Thomas for the seat held by Dennis Dooley, who is not seeking re-election - spoke before the board.

Mills questioned the judgement of directors who, over the last several years, have "paid our cash to head hunters, hired someone and then micro-managed them out the door."

"Considering the track record of the board and the recruiters they have hired, I would consider any decision to hire by this board to be a complete waste of our money," said Mills, a retired national corporate manager for Sears who lives in Vallecito.

Thomas, a former member of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, also urged delaying the hiring of a new general manager.

"Think of it from the standpoint of the applicant," he told the board. "They could have a wonderful interview with the five of you and then be on unknown ground with a new board."

Following a closed-session performance evaluation in late May, CCWD directors voted to terminate former manager Mitch Dion's employment contract.

The district has gone through several general managers in the past decade.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 13 edition of The Union Democrat.

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