Buckley named Rainbow’s new General Manager

Gene Buckley was selected as the new general manager of the Rainbow Municipal Water District.

The Rainbow board’s 5-0 vote March 25 named Buckley as the district’s general manager.

“He’ll do an excellent job,” said Rainbow board president George McManigle.

Buckley, who joined the Rainbow Municipal Water District staff in February 2004, had been Rainbow’s assistant general manager and chief finance officer. He served as interim general manager prior to the 2007 hiring of Dave Seymour.

Buckley had been the district’s finance director prior to the hiring of Seymour, who served as Rainbow’s general manager from September 2007 until his retirement in April 2013.

The North County Joint Powers Authority consisting of Rainbow and the Fallbrook Public Utility District was formed in February 2013, and FPUD general manager Brian Brady was named as the North County JPA executive officer. When Seymour retired, Brady was also named as Rainbow’s general manager. The reorganization associated with Brady’s hiring changed Buckley’s title from chief financial officer to assistant general manager, and under Rainbow policy Buckley was the district’s acting general manager in Brady’s absence.

On March 6, McManigle provided FPUD with a 30-day notice that the Rainbow board had voted to withdraw from the JPA. On March 10, the FPUD board addressed the JPA’s conflict of interest code which covers incompatible offices; Brady resigned as Rainbow’s general manager without a vote. Buckley became Rainbow’s acting general manager upon Brady’s resignation.

Buckley’s selection is as the district’s general manager rather than as the interim general manager, although his 10 years at the district make him eligible for a pension.

“He is planning to retire. He’s served his time, so we have to actually start looking for a general manager,” McManigle said.

21 Responses to "Buckley named Rainbow’s new General Manager"

  1. Lee   April 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Did WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on this directly? If not, why not?! Where is the REAL democracy?

    How much will this new GM be earning?
    Do WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on this directly, too?
    If not, why not?
    Where is the REAL democracy? Where?
    Will Mr. Buckley be earning as much as Dave Seymour did, $300k/year?
    Why do WE, THE PEOPLE continue to take this injustice? When will we DEMAND change through peaceful, legal and nonviolent means? How much longer?

    Where is the democracy?

  2. Huh?   April 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Glad to hear the RMWD board appointed Buckley. He is a long time FB kid who did very well for himself and his community. We should all support him in his new role even if it is only for a short while.

  3. oldtimer   April 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Huh?: You are right. Mr. Buckley has provided continuity during the last, very difficult, year. He is accessible, helpful, and supportive to staff. In the absence of a general manager working for Rainbow’s interests, he has been invaluable. When he retires, he will be sorely missed.

    Lee: Please find some other interests and stop using this forum to make comments on things about which you are not informed. BTW, which agency provides your water?

  4. Lee   April 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    @ #3 oldtimer

    got First Amendment?

  5. Omen   April 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Rainbow Will Miss MR. Buckley FOR SURE… Lee you got anywhere else you can be besides here like a negative nancy /???

  6. You can fool some of the people some of the time.....   April 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Did WE, THE PEOPLE get to vote on this directly? If not, why not?! Where is the REAL democracy? When did we ever get the chance to vote on whether Lee gets to post here or not?

  7. oldtimer   April 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Lee: I wouldn’t dream of interfering with anyone’s First Amendment rights. Just hoping you would consider refraining from making inane comments on subjects about which you are obviously not well informed. Do you know who delivers your water, or are you out of the area of both districts? That should be easy to answer.

  8. Lee   April 11, 2014 at 9:09 am

    @ #5 Omen

    You call a democratic vote a negative?


    @ #6 You can . . .

    So what you are saying is that we need to vote for YOU to make your comments, too.


  9. Lee   April 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

    @ #7 oldtimer

    You just did. Please see your comment #3.

  10. oldtimer   April 11, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Lee. You didn’t read it very well. There was no attempt to stop you from “speaking”. It was a polite request that you refrain from commenting on things about which you seemingly have little information. You have every right to say whatever you want, uninformed or not.

    And you still won’t say which district serves your water needs. Is that because you don’t live in an area served by either and comment only to entertain yourself? Or do you just feed off people paying attention to you, even if it is negative?

  11. Lee   April 11, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    @ #10 oldtimer

    Oh, believe-you-me, I read it just fine. Nice try, no cigar. In fact, every time I reread it, I read one and the same thing: you are denying me my First Amendment right by ordering me to "stop using this forum to make comments on things about which you are not informed." How do you call this, an order, a polite request?

    I would even argue that in your comment #7 you, once again, are denying me, or at the very least are trying to deny me, my First Amendment rights by asking me to refrain making comments based on YOUR qualification of them, in this case inane. So you believe that somebody should stop making certain comments simply because you believe them to be a certain quality not realizing that you, I suspect, are in no legal position to do so. Are you in a legal position, in your comment #7, to deny me my First Amendment rights? Yes or no.

    So oldtimer, explain to me, and you alone — not your buddies — how in your comment #3 you are NOT denying me my First Amendment rights? And please answer all the other questions I am asking you.

  12. JAS   April 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve known Gene Buckley for years. A GREAT person for the position. He is smart, approachable, listens well, has solutions, rainbow cant ask for a better person right now. This decision has my full support.

  13. oldtimer   April 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    JAS: I agree with you about Gene Buckley. I wish he weren’t retiring; he’s an asset to the district.

    It finally dawned on me that responding at all to commenter #11 is useless and only generates more of the same. So, my apologies. I won’t rise to the bait again.

  14. Me   April 13, 2014 at 7:41 am


  15. Huh?   April 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Me, their pensions are prorated, so 10 years isn’t anywhere near full pension. They need to work 40 years or so to get full pension. It’s not like SS where you put in 40 quarters (10 years) and you are golden.

  16. Lee   April 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    @ #13 oldtimer

    I sincerely hope you have learned your lesson!

    In my comment #1, I propose and discuss a democratic vote of the people — something that I have done and will continue to do — which is THE cornerstone, or certainly one of several, of our democracy. In your comment #7, you, oldtimer, call this democratic vote inane.

    Do you consider yourself a good American?
    Do you love your country?
    Can you explain how a democratic vote of the people is inane?

  17. Me   April 14, 2014 at 8:24 am


    NOBODY deserves ANY pension after only 10 years. None. Zip. Nada. Zero.

  18. oldtmer   April 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

    The ten years is the time Mr.Buckley has been at Rainbow, not the sum total of his work experience. This is not his first job.

  19. Me   April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am


    So what? You don’t get pensions based on your "work experience."

    You earn a pension by staying at ONE particular company for 25 or 30 years…that is except for government workers that is.

    Buckley deserves a pension from Rainbow….after another 15 years.

  20. Village News Reader   April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Lee is trolling. That’s all he does here. He never provides anything useful or relevant. He should be ignored.

  21. Really?   April 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Nothing to see here; move on. Isolated incident. Lee’s statements are taken out of context. It’s profiling and a witch hunt. It’s Bush’s fault. Who are we to judge? I think that covers it. Next story.

    BTW- Gene Buckley is a good pick.


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