Board of Commissioners Vacancy:  Eastsound Sewer & Water District

Eastsound Sewer and Water District (ESWD) is seeking candidates to fill a position on the Board of Commissioners.

The appointed person will serve from April 12, 2022, until a candidate is elected in the November 2023 election. If the appointed person wishes to continue to serve on the Board, they must run for election in the Fall of 2023. The person elected at that time will serve the remainder of the unexpired term which ends in 2025. Minimum qualifications for the position are:

  1. Must reside within the ESWD service boundary located on our website at https://eswd.org/wp-content/uploads/District-Service-Area-Map.pdf
  2. Must be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Must be a registered voter within San Juan County.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to the District’s office, PO Box 640 Eastsound WA, 98245, or by email at info@eswd.org. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2022. If you have any questions, contact General Manager Jason Bradshaw at (360) 376-2720.

Basic Information, Expectations & Requirements 

Eastsound Sewer and Water District

Eastsound Sewer & Water District (ESWD) provides sewer service within the Eastsound Urban Growth Area boundaries and the Hamlet of Orcas Village in San Juan County, Washington. The District is also the holder of the senior water rights for the underlying aquifer in Eastsound, which is a major source of drinking water for the community. As a local municipality, the ESWD operates under the authority of Title 57 of the Revised Code of Washington. ESWD is subject to Federal, State and Local regulations.

The District provides sewer service to approximately 800 connections. The District is operated by 6 full time staff persons, a five-member Board of Commissioners, and has an annual operations and maintenance budget of about $1 million dollars.

Board of Commissioners

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners who set the policies and rates of the District. The current Board of Commissioners is:

  • Position 1 – Vacant
  • Position 2 – David Lowry
  • Position 3 – Gregory Ayers
  • Position 4 – Dana Kinsey
  • Position 5 – Michael Stolmeier

Summary of Board Duties and Responsibilities

Members of the Board of Commissioners are collectively responsible for establishing policy, adopting an annual budget, and providing vision and goals to the General Manager. The following outline is a brief description of the various duties of Board Members. The description is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather it is an effort to summarize the primary responsibilities of the Board.

Establish Policy

  • Adopt goals and objectives
  • Establish priorities
  • Approve/amend the operating and capital budgets
  • Approve contracts
  • Adopt resolutions

Supervision of General Manager

  • Hire the General Manager
  • Evaluate the performance of the General Manager

Provide Public Leadership

  • Promote representative governance
  • Mediate conflicting interests while building a consensus
  • Communicate the District’s vision and goals to ratepayers
  • Represent the District’s interest at regional, county, state, and federal levels

Decision-Making

  • Study problems
  • Review alternatives
  • Determine best course of public policy

Board Meetings & Time Commitment

Board Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. Meetings typically last between 1 hour and 2.5 hours.

Other optional time commitments include bi-annual Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts Conferences, local Policy Group meetings, and various training and industry events.

Compensation

Board members are compensated per state law (RCW 57.12.010) per each day or portion thereof spent in actual attendance at official meetings of the district board, or in performance of other official services or duties on behalf of the district. Board compensation is either increased or decreased per State law. As of October 2019, the current per diam is $128 for each meeting attended. 

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