Santa Fe Irrigation District seeks applicants for open seat on board of directors

Augie Daddi, a member of the board of directors of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, is stepping down from his seat as of Nov. 1, according to the district.

Daddi, who served on the board from 2005 until 2010, and then was re-elected to a new four-year term in 2014, is leaving the board due to personal reasons, according to a district news release.

The district provides water to some 20,000 residential, commercial and agricultural customers in Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch. Directors are elected by division, and Daddi represents Division 5, which covers the southwest section of Solana Beach.

The board of directors is considering making an appointment to fill out the remainder of Daddi’s term, which runs through December 2018. The seat will be up for election in November 2018.

Applicants must live in the district and be registered to vote. The board is planning to interview qualified applicants at its meeting on Nov. 16, and possibly make an appointment at that time.

At its regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, the board was told by Paula de Sousa Mills, the district’s legal counsel, that holding a special election during an off-year is expensive, and that they have the option of appointing a new member to serve out the remainder of Daddi’s term.

At Thursday’s meeting, board President Michael Hogan said it was sad to announce Daddi’s departure from the board, and “We wish him the best.”

The board also was told that it has 60 days to act on the board vacancy, or the decision will fall to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Hogan said he is optimistic the board can fill the vacancy at next month’s meeting. If the board does make an appointment on Nov. 16, the person can immediately take his or her seat on the dais and participate in the proceedings.

Those interested in seeking the seat can visit www.sfidwater.org/Division5 to learn more about the qualifications needed and how to apply.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest in the board seat to the district no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7. Letters can be emailed to generalmanager@sfidwater.org,

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