EL CENTRO â€“ The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend IID General Manager Kevin Kelleyâ€™s contract for another two-year term in action taken during a regular meeting April 14.Â Kelleyâ€™s existing employment contract would have ended May 28.
The two-year extension was discussed in open session since issues of compensation for public employees serving the board must be discussed in open session per government code.
â€œThis agreement will be for the same amount as the previous agreement with the same provisions,â€ said Stephen Benson, IID Board of Directors president. â€œSo, itâ€™s an extension for two more years of Mr. Kelleyâ€™s existing agreement.â€
The compensation for the position is $241,596 annually.
â€œWe are putting together goals as a board on what we want to see happen this year, while Iâ€™m president, and next year.â€ said Benson.
Benson directed his remarks directly to Kelley.
â€œKevin, you have done a great job in the two years since Iâ€™ve been here,â€ said Benson. â€œItâ€™s up to staff to support you. This is a transition that is still happening at the IID. There are so many issues out there that we are attacking on a daily basis. I think on the core issues of the Salton Sea, water, and power, we are doing a good job on keeping people engaged. I thank you for that. You donâ€™t get enough thanks.â€
Director Bruce Kuhn also weighed in Kelleyâ€™s job performance.
â€œThe QSA lawsuits are settled,â€ said Kuhn. â€œThe county and the IID are together for the first time in 16 years, all under his watch. This cannot be easily dismissed. Thank you, Kevin.â€