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To: Candidates for RLECWD General Manager
Are you considering accepting the position
of General Manager for the Rio Linda/Elverta Community Water District?
If so, The NEWS wishes you well. However, we are concerned. We are
concerned about you and we are concerned about our Water District.
We want to welcome the next GM to settle in and become a long-time,
supporting member of our community. We don't want a new GM to move
his/her family here and then become disenchanted and leave us. We want
you to stay.
We feel it is important that any prospective new GM should view the
public web pages, such as those we reference, that tell the story of
what became the "Reform Board" that has caused an exodus of valued
employees, has caused the remaining employees to form a formal
bargaining unit to protect themselves from the Board of Directors, and
is the direct cause of very low morale of the District staff that the
new GM will have to resolve.
We feel it is important that the prospective new GM should be aware of
what has been reported about the actions of the remaining "Reform
Board" members, Mary Harris and Darrell Nelson.
We are also concerned about the planning and implementation of the
upcoming Elverta Specific Plan development that may double the number
of District customers. This project alone has the potential to provide
large benefits to the District if properly managed. We anticipate that
the new GM will effectively pick up the reins of the project and run
We feel that there is potential for the Board, as it is constituted now
(July, 2006) to turn the District around, especially if the right
person is found and selected to be the next General Manager. However,
with the potential for the "Reform Board" to regain seats at the
November election and resume its control of the Board, we feel it is
important that the next GM not be blindsided because the history of the
present situation was not explained. Three of the five Board members
will be up for election in November.
We will document the history for you via references to web pages.
Most of the web pages we will cite for you have been on line for
several years. We stand ready to support and document what is related
in the web pages we reference, as they contain the facts.
Please visit http://rlenews.com/rlecwdgm.html
and follow the links.
The Rio Linda Elverta NEWS
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