Otay Water District recently made the following announcement:
The Otay Water District unanimously re-elected Jose Lopez as president of the board of directors. In a separate action, Board Director Mitch Thompson was elected as vice president and Director David Gonzalez was elected the treasurer of the board. The election and Oath of Office Ceremony took place at the first board meeting of the calendar year, which was held Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013.
“It is an honor to continue to serve the District as its board president,” said Lopez. “I am also fortunate to work with colleagues on the board equally committed to ensuring our customers always have an affordable, reliable and high-quality supply of water.”
Lopez was first elected to the board of directors in the November 2000 elections and was re-elected in 2004, 2008 and ran unopposed in 2012. He currently represents the District on the San Diego Metro Wastewater Joint Powers Authority and the Water Conservation Garden Joint Powers Authority. Lopez started his career with the San Diego Fire Department as a firefighter in 1983 and retired as a Assistant Fire Marshal with the city.
The five-member Board of Directors is the governing body of the District and is responsible for setting service rates, taxes, policies, ordinances and other matters related to the management and operation of the water agency. Each director is elected by voters within one of five divisions to represent the public's interest on the Board. Directors serve four-year terms in office.
The board of directors of Otay Water District typically meets in open public session on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at District headquarters. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. Board agendas and minutes of past meetings are available online at the District’s website, www.otaywater.gov.