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Water District to Choose
Five Candidates applied
by Jay O'Brien
The Rio Linda/Elverta Community Water District (RLECWD) Board of
Directors announced that they intend to choose a new Director to fill
their ranks at their next meeting, scheduled for February 27, 2006. As
a result of the resignation of a Director after serving one year of his
four-year term, the remaining four Directors will take action to fill
The appointed new Director will serve until December 1, 2006, and could
run for election in November 2006 to serve two additional years.
Five candidates have applied to be appointed. The applicants are Zack
Arbios, Robert Blanchard, Melvin Griffin, Fred Jones and Michelle
Phulps. Some of their qualifications, as stated in their applications,
Arbios, a resident of Elverta, graduated from UC Davis. He closed his
business five years ago to work for the State as a planner for the
California Highway Patrol. He holds a Contractors' License and has
experience in property management, construction and contracting. He
served as a member of the Rio Linda/Elverta Community Planning Advisory
Blanchard, a past member of the RLECWD Board, was not re-elected in
2004. He claims wide support in the community and feels that he would
be the logical choice to replace the outgoing Board member, as he
missed re-election by very few votes. Blanchard resides in Elverta.
Griffin, also a past member of the RLECWD Board not re-elected in 2004,
has served as Chairman or President of numerous committees and efforts,
including many community-based organizations including the Lions Club.
A 66-year resident of Rio Linda, he attended local schools, graduating
from American River College. As a consultant, he has extensive
experience in dealing with Cities, Special Districts and risk managers.
Jones, who retired from Pacific Telephone after 27 years, is the Area
Manager for Western Corrections, Inc. He has lived in Rio Linda for
over 25 years. He says that he believes in local government control and
community involvement, where the local people choose their direction.
He has served as an advisor for the Rio Linda Elementary School
Phulps, an employee of the County of Sacramento, works with salaries
and benefits while working to develop and retain employees. She has
accounting/billing experience. Phulps is concerned about water pressure
in the summer, and wants to ensure a reliable and safe water supply for
her children's future. Phulps resides in Elverta.