EL CENTRO – At a special meeting of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors the newly elected Directors were sworn in.
Resolutions were adopted honoring outgoing Directors John Pierre Menvielle and Stella Mendoza.
Mendoza was absent.
Vice President Matt Dessert and Director James Hanks commented on President Menvielle.
“I want to thank President Menvielle for his 8 years of service,” said Dessert. “No one represented the IID Board better than him. There were issues we didn’t agree on, but there were many we did agree on. I want to thank him for his insight, direction, and experience.”
Director Hanks said, “Nobody has put in the amount of time President Menvielle has on this Board. He is truly dedicated. He has given 8 years out of his life. I want to wish him well in his future endeavors and I hope they bring him joy and success for the rest of his life.”
“I want to thank all of the people who supported me over the last 8 years,” said Menvielle, “including staff, ratepayers, my family, and my wife. Good luck to the new Board and hopefully we move everything forward in a positive manner. The Imperial Valley is a great place to live. I’m very thankful that I had 8 years on the IID Board. Thank you.”
Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa administered the oath of office to the newly elected Directors Bruce Kuhn, Division 2, Steve Benson, Division 4, and Norma Galindo, Division 5.
“I want to thank everyone for having the confidence to elect me to this post,” said Galindo. “I can tell you that I will work with integrity and honesty. I will not make decisions in haste. I prefer to abstain from making a decision than making an uninformed decision. I would like to thank my husband and the small cadre of men who are not threatened by a strong woman.”
“I want to thank those who helped me win this election,” said Kuhn. “I had some very good people help me.”
“My goal on this Board is to serve the public,” said Benson. “I thank all of the voters who put me in office, those who helped in my campaign, and my family. It is an important job for me and I will take it seriously. I’m looking forward to the future. This Valley was started by farming and I’m here to protect it. We are now looking at a new budget and I welcome your ideas.”
The next meeting will be December 10.