EL CENTRO – The Imperial Irrigation Board of Directors held their regular meeting of December 10 with the new Board members in place.
The new Board members were installed at a special meeting Friday, December 7.
Vice President Matt Dessert opened with welcoming the new Board and noted that the Board will be looking for ways to expedite future meetings.
“We are shortening the Public Comment period from 5 to 3 minutes to guarantee that everyone may have an opportunity to speak,” said Dessert.
General Manager Kevin Kelley had a prepared statement.
“Today I met in closed session with the reconstituted IID Board to discuss key elements that will figure prominently in the evaluation of the General Manager,” said Kelley. “This was in my view entirely fitting and proper and in conformity with the Board’s own Governance Model and the Safe Harbor provision under the Brown Act. Based on the input I received today, it is my intension to prepare and publish a program of work for next weeks’ open session agenda that the Board and public can review and comment on prior to what I hope will be its adoption. Coming out of closed session, I also want to report to the Board, public, and our own employees that I will be issuing a memorandum this week to make plain that no staff member should have any misgivings about engaging directly with individual Board members on matters of concern to him or her. As General Manager, I’m more interested in rooting out problems within the organization than I am in ferreting out leaks. I’m also mindful that the Board members are elected to serve their constituents and employees don’t stop being constituents simply because of where they work. So to sum up, to the extent that there ever was such a gag order, it will cease to exist as of this week.”
Officers were elected for the calendar year 2013.
Vice President Matt Dessert was voted President. Director James Hanks was voted Vice President. Gloria Rivera was appointed Board Secretary. Maria Caldera was appointed Treasurer.
President Dessert determined the agenda would be considered item by item, including the consent agenda, in light of the new Board members.