Three applicants were interviewed during the Feb. 10 meeting of the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) to fill the Division 2 seat vacated by Doug Wilsman, who resigned his seat in December due to health reasons.
As outlined in previous memos to the board, there are no legally required procedures under which the board must screen and select a candidate for the vacancy. It was recommended that the RMWD conduct interviews allowing the applicants to make a presentation to the board and answer questions during an open public forum.
Notices of the vacancy seeking applicants for the Division 2 vacancy were published in the Sentinel and on the district’s Web site. At last Tuesday’s meeting, the applicants who responded — George Boggs, Teresa Rose and Bob Hatch — were questioned by RMWD Board President Jim Robinson as to their qualifications, knowledge of district responsibilities, as well as their strengths and past accomplishments to the community.
After two tie votes, Boggs was appointed.
Rose, who has lived in Ramona for 20 years and is an independent Realtor, said she is most proud of her service as past president of a homeowners association in San Diego Country Estates.
“We are now in the black and have a reserve account which has never been done before,” stated Rose, who continues to serve on the condominium board.
The applicant stated she had not attended previous RMWD meetings, but chose to study and research the problems facing the community.
“Part of my experience is working with people,” she said. “My experience serving on boards has been to listen and be taught. Then I can give my input as to what I think would be good for the town of Ramona.”
Hatch has a 13-year background in business and as an avocado grower in the community.
“I have served on boards for several years and bring that experience with me,” Hatch said. “I also bring a knowledge of business, sales, budgeting ability and human resource experience.”
Hatch stated that most of his community work has taken place down the hill, but he believes that the current RMWD Board needs to have an experienced local grower as a member who could help create positive policy and direction for the staff.
Boggs is a 34-year resident of the community with a background as a financial officer, in business management, with the local Boy Scouts and as a 4-H planner.
“I have been associated with this board for 30 years,” Boggs said. “Most of my activities have been through the Ramona Community Planning Group where I have been a past chairman and vice-chair, as well as one of the authors of our community plan.”
Boggs believes that his biggest accomplishment to the community was soliciting and receiving a grant from the federal government to start the Ramona Junior Fair.
Each applicant was given the opportunity to ask questions of the board.
“Since I became interested in serving on this board, I have been doing a lot of reading and research,” said Rose. “Are you a board who is willing to educate someone like myself, and help them learn what is going on in Ramona?”