Matt Dessert Resigns as IID Director, Takes Mantle of Air Pollution Control Officer

File Photo 2013- Matt Dessert

IMPERIAL COUNTY – The County Board of Supervisor’s named Matt Dessert to replace former APCO Brad Poirez. Dessert currently serves on the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors but he will leave that elected position on January 13, 2017 and assume duties with the county January 16, 2017.

Prior to becoming an IID Director , Dessert worked as an administrative analyst for the County APCD for more than 9 years. Prior to that he was involved in farming and the seed industry for more than a decade. An Imperial County native, Dessert graduated from Central Union High School and attained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo.

Jack Terrazas , Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors said, “Mr. Dessert possesses a great deal of knowledge of Imperial County’s air quality issues from his previous experience with our Air Pollution Control District and as a member of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors for the past six years. The Board and I believe that Mr. Dessert will work diligently to lead APCD’s staff in protecting and managing our county’s air and environmental quality issues.”

The Imperial Irrigation District put out the following statement:

Imperial County announced today that Imperial Irrigation District Division 1 Director Matt Dessert is expected to become the county’s air pollution control officer. The announcement was made by County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova, who said that Dessert would assume his new role with the county on Jan. 16.

At the same time, Director Dessert has informed the IID Board of Directors of his intention to vacate his seat effective Jan. 13. IID board President Norma Sierra Galindo said that she wished him well in his new role, adding that he would be missed as a member of the district’s board.

“As a member of this board, Director Dessert has worked tirelessly to help shape and guide the district,” said board President Norma Sierra Galindo. “I want to thank Matt for his leadership and his dedication over the years. The IID board’s loss is Imperial County’s gain,” Galindo said.

Director Dessert was elected to the IID board in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014. During his time on the board, Director Dessert played a key role in advancing important policies on both water and energy matters. Chief among these are the QSA litigation settlement between IID and Imperial County, participation in Colorado River issues, litigation against the California Independent System Operator and the filing of a petition to the State Water Resources Control Board on California’s restoration obligation at the Salton Sea.