David Barnum is Ramona water board’s choice as general manager
By Karen Brainard
David Barnum, assistant general manager of the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD), will replace Ralph McIntosh who is scheduled to retire as the district’s general manager on Oct. 6.
RMWD directors approved Barnum’s employment agreement at its June 28 meeting.
Under the employment agreement, Barnum will retain his current salary as assistant general manager of $165,444 per year.
By hiring from within, the water district reported that it will save approximately $50,000 that it would have incurred in professional recruitment fees, candidate travel and relocation expenses. Additionally, with shifts in job responsibilities, the district reported it anticipates a savings of $100,000 to $150,000 per year. The position of assistant manager will not be filled after Barnum replaces McIntosh.
The board created the position of assistant general manager for Barnum after McIntosh’s retirement notice in January. At that time, Barnum was the district’s chief financial officer. Barnum has continued to fulfill his CFO duties while serving as assistant general manager.
The board’s June 28 agenda memo noted that Barnum is well qualified for the position and exceeded expectations in his capacities as chief financial officer and assistant general manager.
Barnum said he will retain many of his financial responsibilities when he is promoted to general manager. Currently, he is overseeing the draft of the water district’s 2011-12 budget and a water rate study.
“I’ll keep the CFO responsibilities until sometime in the near future when we’ll backfill some of the duties of my job,” he said.
Barnum added that he would rather not bring in a CFO, but maybe a finance director or controller.
“The duties will determine the title,” he said.
A San Marcos resident, Barnum said he has enjoyed serving as assistant general manager. He will assume his new job on Oct. 7.
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