Rancho Santa Fe Association manager on temporary leave from job

Officials with the Rancho Santa Fe Association declined to comment on the reason that RSF Association Manager William “Bill” Overton Jr. is taking several weeks off from his job, but they said he is expected to return on April 11.

Reached Monday, March 28, Overton said he is taking time to deal with a “personal medical condition” under the care of a doctor, and asked that his privacy be respected.

According to RSF Association Communications Manager Christy Whalen, Overton was out the week of March 14-18, he returned to work for part of last week, and then left again, this time planning to return on April 11.

“He’s taking some time off, we can’t give a reason,” Whalen said.

On Friday, March 18, the RSF Association Board of Directors held an executive session to discuss “personnel items,” according to a meeting notice. Whalen said she was unable to comment on the specific items discussed at the meeting, and that there were no actions to report.

RSF Association Board President Ann Boon, contacted regarding Overton’s status, wrote in an email, “I must respond with no comment.”

RSF Association board member Philip Wilkinson, reached by phone, said “No comment, absolutely no comment,” when asked about Overton’s status.

Several other board members, reached by phone or email, did not respond by press-time.

Asked who is in charge of RSF Association operations during Overton’s absence, Whalen said, “We’re continuing to provide our members with attentive service and we are operating business as usual.”

Overton’s absence comes as the board has considered several controversial issues in recent weeks, including the placement of cell phone towers, and a proposed “Covenant Club,” including a swimming pool and other facilities.

Overton took over as Association manager in January 2015, following a tumultuous period, during which his predecessor, Pete Smith, retired after 23 years with the Association, 18 as manager.

Before his departure, Smith came under criticism from some residents regarding his salary and benefit package. Also in 2014, the board voted to remove Boon from her position as president. She was later re-elected to a new three-year term, and reinstated as president.