Water district’s new financial manager starts Monday
By Bill Tamburrino
Richard Hannasch is Ramona Municipal Water District’s new financial manager. He replaces David Barnum, who earlier this year was selected RMWD general manager to replace Ralph McIntosh, who retired.
Hannasch comes to RMWD from the North County Transit District, where he worked for the past 10 years, most recently as its chief financial and administrative officer. He was responsible for the departments that support NCTD’s transportation services, including finance, budgeting, insurance and risk management, procurement, and information systems.
During his years at the transit district, Hannasch also worked on regional transportation issues with the San Diego Transit System and with the San Diego Association of Governments. He was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to be one of 25 members of the Leadership class of the American Public Transportation Association.
A certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, Hannasch is a graduate of Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. He also has experience in the fields of public accounting, banking and nonprofit organizations.
Once a contestant on the television game show “Jeopardy,” he was born and raised in Rapid City, S.D. the home of Mt. Rushmore, and lives in Oceanside with his wife, Carol.
He was selected from a pool of 27 applicants who were narrowed to a group of five highly qualified candidates, said Annette Finley, the water district’s human resources manager.
“Richard was an outstanding candidate that had a great deal of relevant experience as a senior manager in other public agencies,” said Barnum. “In our discussions with Richard, we were very impressed with his ability to provide creative solutions to difficult issues, his positive teamwork-oriented attitude and his commitment to excellent customer service. I am confident Richard will be a great addition to the RMWD team and we all look forward to working with him.”
Hannasch will join the staff at RMWD on Monday, Dec. 5. His starting annual salary will be $120,117.
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