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CSDA Board of Directors Nominations Open for 2025-2027 Term

By Vanessa Gonzales posted 02-06-2024 09:00 AM

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Deadline: Coastal Network April 20, 2024. All other Networks April 10, 2024.

The California Special Districts Association Elections and Bylaws Committee is looking for independent special district board members or their general managers who are interested in leading the direction of CSDA for the 2025 - 2027 term.

The leadership of CSDA is elected from its six geographical networks. Each of the six networks has three seats on the board with staggered 3-year terms. Candidates must be affiliated with an independent special district that is a CSDA Regular Member in good standing and located within the geographic network they seek to represent

The CSDA Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for all policy decisions related to CSDA’s member services, legislative advocacy, education and resources. The CSDA Board of Directors is crucial to the operation of the association and to the representation of the common interests of all California’s special districts before the Legislature and the State Administration. Serving on the board requires one’s interest in the issues confronting special districts statewide. 

Commitment and Expectations:

  • Attend all board meetings, usually 4-5 meetings annually, at the CSDA office in Sacramento.
  • Participate on at least one committee, meets 3-5 times a year at the CSDA office in Sacramento. (CSDA reimburses directors for their related expenses for board and committee meetings as outlined in board policy.)
  • Attend, at minimum, the following CSDA annual events: Special Districts Legislative Days - held in the spring, and the CSDA Annual Conference - held in the summer/fall. (CSDA does not reimburse travel-related expenses for the two conferences even if a board or committee meeting is held in conjunction with the event; however, does comp registration for the two events.)
  • Complete all four modules of CSDA’s Special District Leadership Academy within 2 years of being elected. (CSDA does not reimburse expenses for the academy classes even if a board or committee meeting is held in conjunction with the event.)
  • Complete Annual Chief Executive Officer Evaluation.

Please review the CSDA Board Policy 2.16 Board Commitments & Responsibilities

Nomination Procedures:

Any Regular Member in good standing is eligible to nominate one person, a board member or managerial employee (as defined by that district’s Board of Directors) for election to the CSDA Board of Directors. A copy of the member district’s resolution or minute action along with the Candidate Information Sheet must accompany the Nomination Form. The deadline for receiving nominations is April 10, 2024 for all networks, except for the Coastal Network. In the Coastal Network, there is also a vacant position for Seat B. Therefore the call for nominations deadline has been extended to April 20, 2024.

Candidate Information Sheet Here

Nomination Form Here 

Nominations and supporting documentation may be mailed or emailed.

Mail:      1112 I Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax:        916.442.7889

Once received, nominees will receive a candidate’s letter. The letter will serve as confirmation that CSDA has received the nomination and will also include campaign guidelines.

CSDA will begin electronic voting on June 10, 2024. All votes must be received through the system no later than 5:00 p.m. July 26, 2024. The successful candidates will be notified no later than July 30, 2024. All selected CSDA Board Members will be introduced at the Annual Conference in Indian Wells, CA in  September 2024.

Expiring Terms - All Seat A

Northern Network           – Greg Orsini, Director, McKinleyville Community Services District*
Sierra Network                  – Noelle Mattock, El Dorado Hills Community Services District*
Bay Area Network           – Chad Davisson, CSDM, General Manager, Ironhouse Sanitary District*
Central Network              – Patrick Ostly, General Manager, North of River Sanitary District*
Coastal Network             – Elaine Magner, Director, Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District*
Southern Network         – Jo MacKenzie, Director, Vista Irrigation District*

   (* = Incumbent is running for re-election)

CSDA will be using a web-based online voting system allowing your district to cast your vote easily and securely. Electronic Ballots will be emailed to the main contact in your district June 10, 2024.  All votes must be received through the system no later than 5:00 p.m. July 26, 2024.

Districts can opt to cast a paper ballot instead; but you must contact Amber Phelen by e-mail by April 10, 2024 in order to ensure that you will receive a paper ballot on time.

CSDA will mail paper ballots on June 10, 2024 per district request only.  

If you have any questions, please contact Amber Phelen at